MOUNT CARMEL — Four homes have been damaged along Second Street in the borough in a fire that took more than two hours to bring under control.
Firefighters were checking for hot spots at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday after battling the blaze since about 8 a.m.


A double home at 244 and 246 E. Second St. suffered major damage, as did the roof on neighboring 242 E. Second. The home at 248 E. Second St. appears to have suffered smoke damage as well.
There are no reports of injuries.
Crews from about 10 municipalities — from Sunbury to Frackville — remain on scene as of 10:40 a.m. Ladder trucks are in use to reach the top of the three-story homes.
The stubborn fire continued to flare up as firefighters doused one hot spot after another.
An occupant of 244 E. Second St. said the wall in their home felt hot, and she and another person used a claw hammer to knock a hole in the wall to check. That’s when they saw flames and left the home.
The occupant tried to go back in to get her cat, but the ceiling was on fire. The cat, however, did get out.
Firefighters are working in cold conditions, with temperatures slowly climbing through the 30s after overnight lows in the 20s.