A Thanksgiving Eve fire in a Southside Bethlehem row-home sent two firefighters to the hospital and displaced four to five families, the city’s fire chief said at the scene.
Neighbors reported a house on fire with smoke and flames at 4:03 p.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of East Third Street, between Trone and Hobart streets, Chief Warren Achey told lehighvalleylive.com.
The Bethlehem Fire Department called in a second alarm three minutes later, and the fire quickly grew to a third alarm, bringing in two additional crews from home.
The two firefighters hurt suffered minor traumatic, not inhalation injuries, Achey said.
An estimated 18 people were displaced, the chief said shortly after 6 p.m. The fire department requested a bus from nearby Lehigh University for the residents to keep warm in until the American Red Cross could respond to assist with temporary housing and other basic needs, Achey said.
No residents were injured, the chief said, and it was his understanding all made it to safety without having to be rescued.
The cause and point of origin remained under investigation by Bethlehem Fire Marshal Craig Baer.
East Third Street was closed in the area of the fire into Wednesday evening.
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