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One Hurt, Buildings Destroyed In Carbondale Fire

March 18, 2019
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One Hurt, Buildings Destroyed In Carbondale Fire

CARBONDALE — The size and age of two buildings made fighting a devastating blaze Sunday morning more complicated, city Fire Chief Chris Pezak said. The fire at North Church Street and Salem Avenue, which injured one person and displaced about 12 people, broke out around 8:30 a.m., and firefighters quickly decided it was one they’d have to fight from the outside. “In about three minutes it was determined we’re not going inside the building,” Pezak said. About 1:30 p.m., firefighters studied the buildings’ charred shells as best they could for remaining embers. The chief stepped over the victims’ personal belongings, chunky debris and dirt strewn about the street, all soaked from the spray of hoses, as he pointed out where the fire was most heavily concentrated. The apartment buildings at 24 N. Church St. and 69 Salem Ave. sustained the heaviest damage. Flames appeared to have been concentrated on the second floor. The third building, at 26 N. Church St., appeared to take only a little damage on the roof, but the chief said it was too early to know the full extent. One person was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. About a dozen people, who lived in 24 N. Church St. and in the Salem Avenue building, were displaced. No one lived in 26 N. Church St., the chief said. A state police fire marshal is investigating to determine a cause. Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamrock.com 570-348-9131; @jon_oc