At least 6 left homeless after Park Avenue blaze

Six families have been left homeless after a fire ravaged an apartment building on Park Avenue in the city.

All occupants were able to make it out in time, according to Dave Dymeck, deputy fire chief with the city fire department.

“Right now we’re still trying to get a good head count on how many people lived there. We believe it was six people; we know that the building was divided into six different apartments,” Dymeck said.

The fire, which began at about 5 p.m., was out within a half-hour. City firefighters were assisted by members of the South Williamsport and Old Lycoming fire departments.

Extra hands enabled firefighters to quench the flames quickly, according to Dymeck.

“This fire happened during a shift change, so we had two shifts at the same time and some extra manpower,” Dymeck said.

The fire ravaged the back half of the structure and caused damage to the electrical system of the building.

“The fire was held to the first and second floors in the rear of the structure,” Dymeck said.

“But the entire building can’t be occupied; we had to pull the utilities and there is smoke damage throughout,” he added.

Workers also were forced to turn off the water to the building, according to reports.

The local chapter of the Red Cross will provide shelter for the six families, Dymeck said.

The cause of the fire still is under investigation.