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Four families displaced after apartment bldg. fire in Slatington


Officials say a fire in an eight-unit apartment building on Hillcrest Lane displaced four families early Sunday morning.

Crews were called to the scene in the 100 block just after 5:30 a.m.

Officials said seven fire companies were called in due to the lack of hydrants and the need for more water. The fire was under control by 7 a.m.

"It was a great stop," said Slatington Fire Chief Jason Nicholas. "There was a lot of fire when we arrived. I thought all eight units were going to go up."

Residents tell 69 News the fire started in a bedroom of one apartment.

"I just saw a wall of flames," said Michelle Partel.

Partel said she and her husband were asleep and woke up to see their bedroom curtains on fire.

"It was the scariest thing I've ever experience," Matthew Partel said.

The Partel's said they were able to save some of their pets but most of their belongings were destroyed.

Three other apartments have smoke, water and some minor fire damage.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the displaced families. The residents of the other four units are back in their homes.

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