Fire tore through the second floor of a Pittston Township home Thursday afternoon, causing so much damage on that level that the house might be a total loss, an official said.
The blaze was reported about 3:40 p.m. Thursday at 9 Tedrick Street.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the residence from as far as South Township Boulevard as emergency crews blocked off surrounding streets. Engines from five departments responded to the call and worked to put out the flames.
Officials say the fire started in the back of the home’s second floor.
The homeowner was walking upstairs to her daughter’s playroom when she heard a pop as the fire started.
The homeowner, her daughter and their dogs were home at the time and all made it to safety.
County records say the property is owned by Brian and Tracy Nesgoda.
While the first floor suffered mostly smoke and water damage, the structural damage to the roof and upper floor was extensive. A hole was cut into the roof by crews to help extinguish the blaze.