Girls Jump Out Window To Escape Blaze In W-B

January 30, 2019
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Girls Jump Out Window To Escape Blaze In W-B

WILKES-BARRE — Two young girls suffered minor injuries but escaped a fast-moving fire with their lives after jumping from a second-floor window in the East End early Tuesday.

The girls, both 11, were in an upstairs bedroom at 398 Scott St. when smoke and flames began engulfing the home, Fire Chief Jay Delaney said.

“The circumstances could have been way, way different because the fire was very hot and it traveled very quickly,” Delaney said. “For 11-year-old young ladies to know that their lives were in jeopardy, to remove themselves from the house by doing that, I’m going to say that’s pretty amazing that they had the understanding of how dangerous it was and how fast the fire was spreading.”

Firefighters were called to the double-block apartment building at 396-398 Scott St. around 2:10 a.m. While firefighters were en route to the scene, they got a report of possible entrapment, Delaney said.

Building owner Ken Zula said the girls were in a bedroom at the front right side of the building when the fire broke out, apparently in the area of the kitchen.

“They had to evacuate through that window because the way the steps are, the fire would have been preventing from escaping. So they jumped out the window,” Zula said. “Thank God the kids are OK.”

Delaney said the girls were taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the fall. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, they had already escaped.

City firefighters faced icy conditions, but were able to knock the fire down quickly and clear the scene by 4:20 a.m., he said.

“The firefighters did a very good job knocking down the fire so quick, considering all the circumstances,” Delaney said.

No firefighters were injured in the blaze, which caused significant fire, water and smoke damage to 398 Scott St., but only smoke damage on 396 Scott St., Delaney said.

The American red Cross was assisting the eight occupants of the building who were displaced, he said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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