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Wyalusing Firefighters Douse Taylor Ave Fire
Although Wyalusing Fire Chief Rick Shaffer said they are still investigating the cause of the fire, it started in a second-floor bedroom in an apartment occupied by Pat Roberts and her son, Harold. They were reportedly in the apartment when the fire was called in around 8 p.m. but got out safely. A second apartment in the basement level of the building is occupied by Teddy Mosier, who was standing nearby, safe and sound, while firefighters did their job.
The building, located at 120 Taylor Ave. and housing two apartments, is owned by Clay Milne and his wife, Lisa, former local residents who now live in Las Vegas. Clay's father, Jack Milne, was at the scene assessing the damage.
"I'm just glad nobody was hurt," Milne said. "We've got some cleaning up to do, but it could have been worse."
Most of the damage was to the second floor and a crawl-space attic above. Firefighters had to chop open the roof to vent some of the smoke that had accumulated. A steady rain fell most of the time firefighters were on the scene, making the ladders and roof areas slippery. There were no reported injuries, but several of the firefighters required a few minutes to recover after emerging from the smoky interior.
Taylor Avenue was closed from 8 p.m. to almost 10 p.m. As it turned out, less than eight hours later the street had to be closed again when a car struck a utility pole barely 100 yards from the fire scene.