Feb. 15—Tiffany Lott stood on
A fire Lott said had started in her home had spread to another beside it, ultimately destroying both.
"I am OK," she said. "What am I going to do? I can't do anything about it but stand here and cry."
The fire in the 200 block of
James said firefighters had to contend with the cold weather, and how close the buildings stood to each other.
No one was in either house at the time of the fire. Both contained pets, and it was not immediately clear if some may have been lost.
While no civilians were hurt, James said a firefighter was stable after suffering a medical emergency. He would not say to which department the firefighter belonged.
The houses were across from the Tarena Roller Rink, and not far from
The fire destroyed both wood-frame homes, burning the back off of Lott's house and leaving a gaping hole in the roof of
Lott said she called the house home for 17 years and lived there with her husband, two young sons and father. She was at work at Dynamite Daycare in the borough when, from an app on her phone, she heard the call for a fire at an address near hers, only to find out the house ablaze was her own.
Her home had been her grandparents', and her grandfather had been a firefighter with
"I don't know how it started," she said.
Lott said they had two dogs and a cat.
Lott said her family was insured, and they had many places to choose from to stay.
Taylor said she and her three daughters, ages 11, 18, and 22, were across the
Taylor said they also had four cats, but she did not know here they were.
Taylor said they had lived in the 10-bedroom house for two years. She had no insurance, and nowhere to stay with no family in the area.
"What we have on us is what we have on us," she said. "I'm trying to stay as calm as I can now."
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