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UPDATED – Raw video & fireground audio: ‘Several’ dead in Emmaus, PA fire. Apartment building once housed funeral home.

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News reports now indicate multiple people died in a two-alarm apartment fire reported around 11:30 this morning at 36 S. Fifth Street in Emmaus, Pennsylvania (Lehigh County).  Officials, so far, have not provided an exact number of deaths.

The video above is from Newsworking‘s Bill Rohrer (newsworking). Video below from Mike Nester (firtog) of Nester Video Production. Video toward the bottom of the post is from Rich Rolen and includes what looks like a brief clip taken early in the operation.

Kurt Bresswein, LehighValleyLive.com:

Emmaus police tonight say multiple people died in a fast-moving fire reported just before noon at an apartment building in the borough.

“Thus far, the investigation has revealed that there were several victims inside the apartment who are deceased,” borough police said in a news release sent out just before 9 tonight.

The building had been the Clarence R. Ritter Funeral Home until the 1960s or ’70s, neighbors said, when it was converted into multiple apartments.

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