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Firefighters in Easton, Pennsylvania were called to an attic fire in a two-family home Friday night. After finishing up around 4:00 a.m. Saturday, firefighters were called back to that home about 45 minutes later for a much larger fire. While early news coverage referred to the second call as a rekindle and a deputy chief said in an interview (below) it “reignited,” the fire chief now says it’s suspicious.
Video on this page from both fires by Bill Rohrer at newsworking, Mike Nester at Nester Video Production, lehighvalleylive.com and Northeast Bravest. The first three videos on this page are from the first response and the last three are from the second time around.
The Easton Deputy Chief says crews worked to get the flames out, and after several hours the crews went in to look for hot spots.
“We do use a thermal imaging camera which detects heat and they didn’t see anything with that when they went through earlier,” said Kevin Arnold, Deputy Chief of the Easton fire department.
Just hours after crews put the fire out, firefighters rushed back to the scene when a hot spot flared up just before 5 a.m. Saturday.
City firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to determine the first fire was out, Bast said.
“It’s something we do all the time,” he added.
They left by 4 a.m., but were called back at 4:47 a.m. with the second fire “pretty well along,” Bast said.
The extent of the second fire is leading officials toward a conclusion “it may have been set,” Bast said.