MOUNT CARMEL — The cause of a fire that heavily damaged three homes in the 400 block of East Center Street Tuesday evening has been ruled undetermined by investigators.
State Police Fire Marshal Kirk Renn made the call after examining the scene for 2 1/2 hours Wednesday morning inside the home of Ronald Barron, of 447 E. Center St., where authorities believe the fire started.
Flames were seen shooting from the back of Barron’s home when firefighters arrived on scene at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday evening. Investigators believe the fire began in a back room on the second floor of Barron’s home.
Barron and his son, Seth, 7, were temporarily displaced by the blaze, as were Amanda Mayernick, who lives at 445 E. Center St., with her boyfriend, Tony Santelli, and her one-week old daughter, Ava Grace. Susan Marino, who lives at 449 E. Center St., was displaced as well.
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