STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Stroudsburg fire officials say the Saturday night fire that displaced eight people and severely damaged a jewelry store has been deemed suspicious and is being investigated by the state fire marshal.
According to officials, the fire was first reported around 10:05 p.m. via an automatic fire alarm in a jewelry store in the 600 block of Main Street.
When firefighters arrived, the building was fully involved.
It took six companies until 2 a.m. to finally get the stubborn blaze under control.
Two firefighters did need medical treatment after getting overexerted but did suffer any permanent effects.
Eight people had to be evacuated from an adjoined residence.
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 was also glad that everybody got out safely.
Shenk said most of his mother's belongings escaped the fire unscathed.
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