Allentown fire displaces 8; 2 firefighters, police officer also injured

Written by on November 11, 2021

Allentown fire displaces 8; 2 firefighters, police officer also injured

By Tyler Pratt

November 11, 2021

An Allentown fire displaced eight people on Nov. 11,2021. A firefighter and a police officer also were injured. Photo | Ben Stemrich / WLVR / File)

A rowhouse fire in Allentown displaced as least eight residents Thursday. 

Two firefighters were injured along with a police officer and civilian involved in a nearby vehicle collision. 

The three-alarm blaze on Tilghman Street, near 11th Street, damaged several homes.

The Allentown Fire Department said all three floors of the residence where the fire broke out were destroyed. 

Fire Capt. John Christopher said the Red Cross is assisting the residents whose homes were damaged with food and shelter. 

He anticipated more neighbors will be displaced due to damage to the adjoining properties. 

The fire department says two firefighters suffered minor injuries and one is receiving medical care for “overexertion.” 

Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca said a patrol car flipped on the way to the blaze and slammed into a parked vehicle, injuring a passenger. Both have been taken to an area hospital.

Both the crash and the cause of the fire are under investigation. 

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