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Fire displaces 8 people, heavily damages Stroudsburg jewelry store, residence

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A large fire displaced eight people and heavily damaged an adjoined jewelry store and residence in Monroe County Saturday night, according to Monroe County Communications. 

The two buildings, at the 600 block of Main Street in Stroudsburg, sustained heavy damage in the fire that was reported at 10:00 last night. 

Eight people were evacuated from the residence.

The jewelry store was closed at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported. 

Suzanne Weatherbee, one of the residents displaced by the fire, told 69 News that that there was "a lot of chaos" when the fire broke out. Weatherbee said she was speaking to her son on the phone when her husband alerted her from another room that there had been a fire. 

"I ran as fast as I could" to get outside once she and her husband learned that a fire had broken out, Weatherbee said. 

After being allowed back in the apartment after the fire was put out to retrieve her belongings, Weatherbee said it was "heartbreaking" to see all of the smoke and water damage in the building and to see many of her belongings destroyed. 

Weatherbee said she was just glad that everybody in the building got out safely.

Robert Shenk told 69 News that that he was calling his mother, who lived in the building, when the fire broke out. After learning about all that happened, Shenk said he wa also glad that everybody got out safely. 

Shenk said most of his mother's belongings escaped the fire unscathed.


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