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Raw video: Six dead in Pottsville, PA fire.

Video above from JC Kriesher (jck5055) of FireandFilm.com from a fire just before midnight at 231 Pierce Street in Pottsville, Pennsylvania that left four children and two adults dead. Below is video from SpankMan2009.


The police department arrived on the scene and confirmed a fully involved single family dwelling. Police requested one of the truck companies come right down Pierce Street and set up. Engine 11 arrived and took the address and began to stretch lines. Ladder 21 came up Pierce Street while Ladder 51 came from the opposite direction. Engine 32 arrived and also began to stretch lines. P-5 arrived and assumed command of the incident requesting a second alarm be struck.

Policed relayed they received reports of multiple people unaccounted for in the house. Multiple EMS units from Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven ALS staged at different points around the scene.

Crews experienced water issues while trying to contain the blaze which let the fire burn rapidly. Foam was introduced to the lines off Engine 11 which also utilized the deck gun charged with foam.

The fire continued to tear through the building and lick up the side of the exposure on the “D” side of the building. Crews entered the exposure and also went to the roof to check for extension.

The bulk of the fire was knocked down within twenty minutes of the first arriving crews. The fire was put under control at 12:57 AM. Extensive overhaul was needed with crews remaining on scene throughout the morning.


A family of six has been killed in a late-night fire in Pottsville, fire crews confirmed Monday morning.

Investigators say four children and two adults are dead.

The fire broke out around midnight on the 200 block of Pierce Street.

Frank Andruscavage, Republican Herald:

Firefighters were called to the home at 235 Pierce St. and found heavy fire to the rear of the building and smoke pouring out of the front, Pottsville Fire Chief Todd March said.

March said the six unaccounted for are believed to be four children and two adults.

March said due to the amount of fire damage to the building, firefighters have to proceed cautiously when looking for those missing and unaccounted for. 

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