Mike Wilbur

PALMER, PENNSLYVANIA TILLER WRECKS RESPONDING TO WORKING FIRE

A roaring fire tore through a double home late Tuesday afternoon in Easton.

A Palmer Township fire truck crashed while responding to the fire that displaced seven residents.

The fire was reported at 4:27 p.m. in the 1300 block of Butler Street, according to a Northampton County emergency dispatch supervisor.

The Easton Fire Department was on the scene battling the blaze and firefighters from several neighboring departments were called in.

She got up and looked in a room to the rear of the home where she said she saw flames. The flames spread up a wall and quickly hit a garland with Christmas lights around a window, she said.

The fire rapidly got out of control and everyone got out of the home, she said.

The fire gutted 1352 Butler St., which is vacant, she said. The vacant home appeared to sustain the most damage. The front window was knocked out and black marks extended up the front siding.

Rivas lives in the home with her three children and three children of one of her daughters. They don’t know where they will stay tonight, she said. Rivas has homeowners insurance, she said.

A Palmer Township ladder truck crashed at Nazareth Road and Sales streets in the township as it was responding to the Easton fire, according to Palmer Township police officer Jim Alercia.

A small sedan sustained significant front end damage in the crash. Alercia said the female driver of the sedan suffered minor injuries. No firefighters were injured. There was moderate cosmetic damage to the fire truck, he said.

Butler Street was shut by the blaze.

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