Steel City, Pennsylvania Firefighters Battle Stubborn Blaze

An early morning fire in the Steel City section of Lower Saucon Township badly damaged a wood frame house, on Wednesday, December 18th.

The fire at 2163 Johnston Ave. broke out around 9 a.m. in a room used as an office.

Fire Chief Chris Snyder said the fire at this time does not appear to be suspicious in nature, but had not determined a cause.

Neighbors and employees of a nearby auto body shop rescued the resident Dawn Kellam, who was asleep at the time of the fire, through a bedroom window.

Approximately 35 firefighters from five volunteer fire companies fought the fire for what Chief Snyder estimated to be 60 to 90 minutes before bringing the fire under control.

Chief Snyder said the fire was extremely hard to fight because there was one main roof covering the house however under the one main roof were eight sub roofs.

Chief Snyder said it had looked as though someone had taken eight sheds, put a roof over them and converted it to a house.

Fire Companies from Freemansburg, Bethlehem Township, Nancy Run and South Eastern assisted Steel City on the scene.

A Dewey Fire Company Ambulance (Hellertown) provided rehab at the scene for firefighters.