MAHANOY CITY — Eight homes were damaged in a three-alarm fire in the borough Saturday night.
Firefighters were called just after 6:30 p.m. to the 700 block of East Pine Street for a report of a house fire.
Mahanoy City police on scene told responding firefighters there was fire to the rear of two of the buildings and that the fire was spreading to adjoining homes.
Patrolman Thomas Rentschler was one of the first on scene and said he saw fire to the rear of homes at 729 and 731 E. Pine St.
“There was heavy fire. It looked like it was going up the chimney line,” he said.
Realizing the fire was spreading, Mahanoy City Fire Chief Dan Markiewicz called for a second-alarm, bringing firefighters from surrounding communities to the scene.
Within 20 minutes, Markiewicz called for a third alarm, bringing firefighters from as far away as Minersville, Pottsville, McAdoo and Tamaqua.
During the initial stages of the fire, Rentschler said, neighbors thought a man may still be inside his home at 733 E. Pine St.
The home was searched and it was subsequently determined the man was in Allentown when the fire broke out.
In all, homes at 723, 725, 727, 729, 731, 733, 735 and 737 E. Pine St. sustained varying amounts of damage.
The majority of the fire damage appeared to be contained to the homes at 727, 729 and 731 E. Pine St.
Rentschler said at least two of the eight homes were vacant, but he was not sure the number of people living in the remaining buildings.
No injuries were reported to residents or emergency first responders.
Rehabilitation units from Ryan Township EMS and a fire company from Carbon County responded to the scene as well as the American Red Cross Tri-County Chapter.
Traffic was shut down on East Pine and East Market streets during the fire and traffic was detoured by fire police.