WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Fire gutted a home in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County Monday morning.

Neighbors reported the blaze around 8:50 a.m. at a home in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Street, according to county dispatchers.

Flames and thick, black smoke poured from the two-story structure and attached garage.

Neighbors spent frantic minutes knocking on nearby houses to make sure everyone got out safely.

At first, it was believed the homeowner might have been inside, but fire officials say he got out before they arrived. He was not physically hurt, but was taken to the hospital, fire officials said.

The Whitehall fire chief said although the fire was huge and quickly consumed the home, crews had it quickly under control.

"There was pretty heavy fire when we got there. We did an initial attack, once we got it under control roughly in 15 minutes," said Chief David Nelson. 

Whitehall fire officials and police are now trying to figure out the cause.

"Basically, we've had the arson dog come in and do a check on there as well, our investigator is doing a little bit more work to look at that as well, we're going to be boarding up the house and securing it and making sure nobody goes into it for the time being," Nelson said.

No one was hurt.

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