02-22-2002, 12:13 AM #1
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Fire in Sayre, Pa fatal to 1 adult and 4 children
Two homes in the borough were seriously damaged on Wednesday by separate fires, one of which sent an adult and four children to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The first blaze occurred at 8:56 a.m. at 208 Allison St. and did not result in any injuries.
The second happened at 10:20 p.m. at 207 E. Lockhart St. and sent five members of the Anderson family to Robert Packer Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, according to witnesses at the scene.
It's also believed that firefighters managed to rescue a Labrador retriever puppy from the burning residence.
Both fires are being investigated by state police fire investigators, who aren't speculating as to how either started.
During the East Lockhart Street fire, an adult member of the Anderson family and four children, all believed to be under the age of 10, were apparently trapped on the second floor of the two-story, wood-frame residence by the flames.
Witnesses said that by the time responding firefighters accessed the second floor using ladders, all five of the individuals were unconscious.
Witnesses said firefighters carried the victims, whose first names were not known at press time, to waiting Greater Valley Emergency Medical Services ambulances.
However, there weren't enough ambulances to transport all of the fire victims, so additional rigs had to be called in from Memorial Hospital, Ulster and Ridgebury.
Witnesses said firefighters ran down Lockhart Street carrying the two remaining fire victims to get them into the arriving ambulances as soon as possible.
Witnesses said the four children carried out of the burning residence by firefighters were unconscious and had soot on their faces, but didn't appear to be burned. The witnesses said the man carried out was also unconscious, and he appeared to be badly burned.
The witnesses described the fire victims as appearing "lifeless," but authorities were not releasing condition reports for any of the victims as of early this morning.
Authorities also said that as of 1 a.m., the Bradford County Coroner's Office had not been contacted about the incident. If the fire involved any fatalities, the Coroner's Office would have to be notified.
Witnesses said that an adult woman also lived at the residence, but she had not been at home when the fire occurred.
Neighboring residents reported the fire, and it's believed the adult and four children were asleep when it started.
The fire gutted both floors of the residence, according to firefighters, who added that they had the flames under control less than 20 minutes after arriving at the scene.
After removing the fire victims and extinguishing the flames, firefighters cut holes in the roof, broke windows and brought in fans to ventilate the structure.
Dozens of borough residents lined East Lockhart Street around the scene of the fire, and police had to provide crowd control.
Police, fire and ambulance units were still at the scene of the East Lockhart Street fire as of this morning, and that thoroughfare as well as several adjoining streets were closed to traffic as a result of the incident.
Sayre police were assisting state police with the fire investigation, and several officers and troopers were walking through the burned-out residence early this morning looking for clues as to how the fire started.
The Sayre fire and police departments received assistance during the blaze from the Athens Borough, Athens Township and South Waverly fire departments; South Waverly Police Department; and Valley Salvation Army.
Sayre, Bradford County, Pa --The first fire Sayre firefighters responded to Wednesday on Allison Street did not result in any injuries, though it did gut the first floor of the residence where it occurred.
The home's owner, Mark Bixby, was at work at the time the morning fire began, said Robert Repasky, Sayre's fire chief.
"We found fire in the one downstairs room and heat and smoke pushing out of the rest of the house," said Repasky about what responding Sayre firefighters encountered upon arriving at the scene.
A block of Allison Street was cordoned off while the blaze was being fought, said Repasky. The block was reopened to traffic at approximately 3 p.m.
Firefighters had the fire under control within 15 minutes of arriving on the scene, said Repasky, adding that the fire was completely out within a half-hour.
"We got in and attacked the fire and checked for extensions into the upstairs, ventilated and had extensive overhaul," he said.
Repasky stated that firefighters remained on the scene until approximately 3 p.m., working on overhaul and assisting the state police in their investigation of the blaze.
In both fires, no adjoining structures were damaged.
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