Montgomery fire destroys 3 apartments
A multiple blaze hit a Montgomery apartment building last Friday evening at Sixth and Broad Streets. The back of 121-123 Broad Street was completely engulfed in flames when the Montgomery “Fire Company arrived.
Danielle Bryson, president of the fire company’s ladies auxiliary arrived at the scene where her father, Daniel Lynch was residing. In the meantime, her husband Kevin was at the firehouse when the distress signal came in and a series of emergency tones went over the dispatcher’s radio. He rode the first of the fire trucks. Mr. Lynch was at work, Kopper’s in Clinton Township when the fire occurred. He rented the 123 side to Lisa Kepner who resided there with her boyfriend and her two children. They were also not at home at the time of the fire. A third apartment located at the top of the building had been vacant.
Bryson notified her father at his place of employment requesting him to come home. A neighbor on Wagner Ave. called 911 after seeing the fire.
Another neighbor, Jan “Vogelsong, told reporters that the heat from the blaze was so intense it drove her back into her home. “It was also getting so smokey. I took a handkerchief and covered my face and nose,” she said.
Kepner arrived at the scene shortly after being notified of the fire by a friend on her cell phone and tearfully watched her belongings go up in flames.
Firefighters reported that they could see smoke and fire more than a block away from the apartment building.
Besides Montogomery and ClintonTownship fire companies, additional equipment and manpower were dispatched from several nearby communities including Washington Township, Muncy, Hughesville, and Warrior Run.
Bryson said her father who had insurance on the building, did not know if the house could be saved. Borough Fire Chief Brad Harding said that damage is estimated in excess of $100,000.