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Investigators seek clues in fire that destroyed building near Easton

'We do believe there is some criminality involved in this,' police chief says

Questions linger after fire at Forks Township bar

FORKS TWP., Pa. - The smoke has cleared but a lot of questions remain about a fire that destroyed a restaurant and several apartments in Northampton County.

Two people who were hurt in the fire remain hospitalized and what they have to say could prove vital to the investigation.

Residents say there are 18 apartments in the building, and so far seven families have asked for help from the Red Cross.

Now a community is helping out, while police wait to speak with two more potential witnesses.

The state fire marshal is investigating the fire that destroyed the Mineral Springs Bar and Restaurant in Forks Township, Northampton County.

So far the cause of this massive blaze has not been determined.

Police confirm this started as a domestic dispute call, but say they can't speak to the parties involved yet.

"Two of the people that were involved in the original incident have both been hospitalized," said Greg Dorney, chief of the Forks Township Police Department.
We are waiting at this point-in-time for their medical condition to improve."

The two are in the burn unit of Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.

While police are investigating, people like Amanda Loxley are trying to help those who lost everything in the fire.

"I have two kids myself and years ago we had a fire and people helped us and I just wanted to help these people," said Loxley.

The Red Cross confirms the organization is helping seven families, nine adults and three children.

Amanda put out a plea on her Facebook page to gather support.

"I have friends and family who want to help and it's just all on what I can find out and where I can send stuff," added Loxley.

Amanda Loxley is not the only person looking to help.

The Mineral Springs Donation page was up and running early Wednesday morning and by the afternoon the Lower Mount Bethel Fire department agreed to let their station be used for the distribution of supplies.

"Doesn't say much for who we are as a community if people don't reach out and it doesn't take long to do it," said Loxley.

The supplies will be handed out on Friday, but no time has been set yet.

Organizers say you can join the Mineral Springs Donation page if you want to help out.

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