UPDATE: Dog perished in this morning's Coal Townhip fire
COAL TOWNSHIP — Firefighters worked quickly to contain and extinguish a blaze Friday morning on West Arch Street.
The fire was reported at 9:20 a.m. at 1019 W. Arch St., home to Walter and Helen Neiswender. The couple exited safely, as did an elderly neighbor in an attached home.
No injuries were reported; however, one of the Neiswender’s dogs perished in the blaze. Another dog was led out of the home unharmed.
The fire is believed to have started in or near the kitchen on the first story and spread to an addition at the rear of the home.
The first firefighters on scene were credited with entering the front of the home to fight back the blaze and contain it to the addition until more help arrived.
Kevin Malukas, Coal Township deputy fire chief, said the fire was under control within 40 minutes and extinguished within one hour.
The home sustained moderate to heavy damage on the first story and smoke damage to the second and third stories, where windows were busted out at the front and rear to allow ventilation.
The cause is under investigation.
Read Saturday’s print and online editions of The News-Item for further details.