Allentown PA Fire



The injured Allentown firefighters suffered from dehydration and heat exhaustion.

A fire crawled to the top of an Allentown row house Thursday afternoon and then jumped from roof to neighboring roof, burning six homes.

It might have started at an electric coffeemaker.

Five Allentown firefighters were hospitalized and four others were sickened as they battled the fire in the 800 block of N. Eighth Street, authorities said.

Six houses had some fire damage, and four of them had heavy damage. Other homes had smoke and water damage. No resident was hurt.

The fire started around noon at 854 N. Eighth St., a three-story row house. A resident said flames broke out near his coffeemaker.

Andres Soto said he had made coffee earlier and left the machine on to keep the coffee warm. He said he left the kitchen for several minutes and returned to find a wall of flames.

“I couldn’t do anything,” he said. “I had to leave.”

Flames tore through the roofs of the row homes one by one, first 854 Eighth St., then 852, 856 and 858.


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