A fire killed two people, destroyed a home and damaged several others in Kingston Thursday morning.
Throughout the morning, several fire crews rushed to the scene on Eley Street. Through those same hours, we also confirmed that a mother and son, who lived in the dual-unit home that lays in rubble, were lost in the flames.
“We could hear someone screaming outside ‘Your house is on fire! Your house is on fire!'” Kingston resident Nicole Ourso said.
A rude awakening just before 1 a.m. A structure fire on a quiet street in Kingston turned into a nightmare for crews responding from across the Wyoming Valley and Back Mountain.
“We had multiple hydrants that were frozen solid from Luzerne into Kingston. I don’t know what the reason is for that. So it did hamper our efforts a little bit,” said Chief Frank Guido, Kingston/Forty-Fort Fire Department.
Tankers eventually arrived on the scene and as the water poured into the firefight, it froze and made the effort that much more daunting. The work persisted as neighboring homes caught flames.
Ourso lives next door and was alerted when smoke filled her son’s attic bedroom.