VIDEO: Eight people are displaced after a fire at an apartment building in Allentown Monday afternoon.
Crews were called to the residence on North 17th Street around 5 p.m., according to Capt. John Christopher with the Allentown Fire Department.
Christopher said heavy fire on the second floor spread into the third floor and an attic area. He said crews had to let the fire burn through the roof. A plume of smoke could be seen from Ward Street near the Little Lehigh Creek, which is about a mile away.
So much fire was trapped between two layers of slate.
"We actually pulled our personnel out for a little while," Christopher said.
Everyone made it out of the apartment, Christopher said.
"When we got on scene, everyone was out of the structure," he said.
No one - firefighters or residents - was injured.
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For Jeffrey Peyton, it's a moment he's been waiting 12 years to experience.
"It means a lot," said Peyton. "I grew up doing the volunteer service with West Ridge and a couple other departments in Millcreek."
On Monday, Peyton was one of nine firefighters to be sworn in, to Millcreek Township's new full-time department.
"It's crazy to think about," said Peyton. "I'm grateful to be part of it and see where this goes in the future."
For decades, Millcreek departments have relied on volunteers. Over the years, the number of people donating their time has declined.
"As things have evolved, and the national decline of volunteers, it really is important that we take a next step in having full-time career staff," said Millcreek Fire Chief Michael Cliff. "When an emergency happens, minutes count and we just need to make sure we're prepared."
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PHOTOS: Several dogs were killed in an early morning fire at an Amish residence in Centre County Monday.
Four fire departments were sent to the fire on the 5000 block of Brush Valley Road in Miles Township at 2:57 a.m. According to Miles Township Fire Company Chief Eric Miller, a building on the property was on fire and it took firefighters five minutes to get the blaze under control.
Miller said six dogs died in the fire and no people were injured. Miller also believes that the dogs were family pets. The fire is believed to have been caused by a propane heater at the back of the structure. The building was a total loss.
Miles Township Fire Company responded to the scene along with the Spring Mills Fire Company, Centre Hall Fire Company and the Clinton County Fire Department.
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Crews were called after an early morning fire in Lansford.
According to Lansford Fire Chief Joseph Greco, crews from Lansford, Summit Hill, Coaldale, and Lehighton were called at around 7:20 a.m. Monday to the 200 block of East Ridge Street in Lansford for a reported fire-related incident.
Chief Greco told 28/22 News fire crews found a 74-year-old woman with serious burn injuries to her chest, head, and neck after reportedly smoking while on oxygen.
Fire Chief Greco told 28/22 News the woman was smoking while on oxygen when the fire happened and that only the woman and her grandson were home at the time.
Fire crews checked the scene, found no structural damage, and left at 7:50 a.m.
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