Shamokin fire contained to kitchen
SHAMOKIN - Firefighters worked quickly to contain damage to a second floor kitchen in an apartment building fire Wednesday morning.
Emergency crews were called at 9 a.m. to a home at 822 N. Rock St. for a reported kitchen fire. Shamokin Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Rogers said the fire was in the apartment of Jason M. Stinnett, 19. He lives there with his wife, Renette, and two children, Michel and David Bell.
The family and the first-floor occupant, Renette Knopp, 61, got out safely and firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze.
"The damage was contained to the kitchen area," said Rogers, classifying it as "moderate" damage. Smoke affected the rest of the building, he said.
Shamokin Police Chief Ed Griffiths said city police fire investigator Raymond Siko II ruled the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical problem in the area of the stove.
After the structure was vented, Knopp was allowed back into her residence. The Stinnetts were awaiting word from fire officials as to when they would be allowed back in.
The home is owned by landlord Jeff Costello, of Mount Carmel, who is insured. Stinnett told officials he did not have renters' insurance.
Members of Shamokin's Rescue and Liberty fire companies responded, as did fire police and AREA Services ambulance.
The fire occurred about nine blocks away from last Tuesday's fatal fire at 5 S. Rock St. that also destroyed five homes.