Apr. 8—FRACKVILLE — The cause of a borough fire that damaged three homes in the 300 block of South Broad Mountain Avenue remained under investigation Wednesday.
Frackville Fire Chief William Lindenmuth, who was at the scene into the nighttime hours Tuesday, said officials determined the fire started in the kitchen area of 337 S. Broad Mountain Ave. but have yet to determine how the blaze originated.
Firefighters were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon for a report of a kitchen fire and found the back of 337 S. Broad Mountain Ave. engulfed in flames. Lindenmuth said crews managed to get the fire under control in less than an hour, but not before it caused damage to the back of the second half of the duplex at 335 S. Broad Mountain Ave.
The chief said a man, woman and three children lived at 337 S. Broad Mountain Ave., while 335 S. Broad Mountain Ave. was vacant and undergoing construction.
Danielle Boris of the American Red Cross Tri-County Chapter said Tuesday the organization assisted the family living in 337 S. Broad Mountain Ave. with food, clothes and shelter.
Boris could not be reached Wednesday so the identities of those displaced was unavailable.
Both buildings sustained extensive damage while the north side of a third home, at 339 S. Broad Mountain Ave., had heat damage to siding.
Firefighters from Frackville, Englewood, Altamont, Mahanoy City and Shenandoah assisted along with Frackville police and Shenandoah EMS.