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50 Years Ago - Firefighters In Scranton Battled Early Morning Apartment Blaze On Madison Ave

January 11, 2019
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50 Years Ago - Firefighters In Scranton Battled Early Morning Apartment Blaze On Madison Ave

Jan. 11, 1969 Firefighters busy in Scranton, Exeter A Scranton firefighter rescued three people from an early morning fire in an apartment house at 311-315 Madison Ave. The fire was called around 4:30 a.m., with a second alarm being sent out at 4:40 and a third at 5:13. Assistant Chief John Gilroy said it appeared the fire started in the basement and traveled through partitions throughout the three-story dwelling. He said the cause of the fire would be investigated. In Exeter, Luzerne County, several fire companies responded to a blaze at the Exeter Scrap Metal Co. on Route 92 at 6 p.m. Jan 10. Firefighters had to pump water from the Susquehanna River to fight the blaze. The companies were finally able to extinguish the fire about 12 hours later. The blaze was difficult to fight because of oil-soaked flooring in the structure. Out and about At the movies: “A Lovely Way to Die” at the Comerford, “Hansel and Gretel” at the Strand, “Romeo and Juliet” at the Center Theater, “Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion” at the West Side, “Gidget Goes to Rome” at the Roosevelt and “The Bride Wore Black” at Cinema North. At the clubs: Orlando Muzi and Jan Carol at the Waldorf Hotel, “The Tom Cats” at the Polish Progressive Club, “The Skyliners” at the Country Inn, Comedian Phil Jaye and “The Toppers” at the El Dorado, “The Shades of Blue” at the Second Edition and “The Henchman” at the What’s Happening A Go-Go. BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.

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