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Another fire strikes in Middletown; duplex on Lawrence Street has seven occupants: WITH VIDEO

By Dan Miller

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Posted 1/11/18

Fire damaged two bedrooms on the second floor of a duplex at Wilson and Lawrence streets in Middletown at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11.

The fire was confined to the second floor of the …

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Another fire strikes in Middletown; duplex on Lawrence Street has seven occupants: WITH VIDEO

Firefighters from Middletown and the surrounding area responded to a fire at Wilson and Lawrence streets at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. Two bedrooms on the second floor of the residence at 136 S. Lawrence St. were damaged, fire officials said.
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Fire damaged two bedrooms on the second floor of a duplex at Wilson and Lawrence streets in Middletown at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11.

The fire was confined to the second floor of the residence at 136 S. Lawrence St., said Lt. Adam Scheetz of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was brought under control shortly after the first units from Middletown arrived, he said.

The attached residence at 134 S. Lawrence was not damaged, Scheetz said.

Seven occupants live in the residence at 136, but only one person was inside at the time of the fire. He got out of the house safely upon the arrival of firefighters, Scheetz said.

The first floor of 136 only received water damage. The Red Cross is being notified because the residence is uninhabitable for now, Scheetz said.

The cause is not known and the fire has been turned over to the fire marshal with the Dauphin County district attorney’s office for investigation.

Besides Middletown, firefighters arriving on scene included those from Lower Swatara Township, Hummelstown, Londonderry Township, Elizabethtown, Paxtang, Palmyra, Lower Paxton Township, Highspire, Swatara Township and the Air National Guard.

Police from Middletown and Royalton assisted at the scene, as did emergency medical service personnel.

“Manpower is sketchy during the day” so a large number of units was dispatched to make sure that enough firefighters were would be present, Scheetz said.

Middletown has experienced four house fires within the past month, starting with the one in the 3100 block of Pineford Drive on Dec. 20, followed by a fire at Grant and Colfax streets on Dec. 26 and a fire in the 100 block of North Pine Street on Jan. 3.

The Pineford fire started in the area of a furnace at 3104 and the fire on North Pine Street was electrical and started in the attic, according to the fire marshal with the DA’s office. Both fires were accidental.

The cause of the fire at Grant and Colfax streets has not been announced.