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Coroner called after blaze rips through home in Luzerne County

Flames were shooting from the house in Kingston Township Friday morning.

TRUCKSVILLE, Pa. — At least one person is dead after fire ripped through a home in Luzerne County.

That fire started after 10 a.m. Friday at the home on Harris Hill Road in the Trucksville section of Kingston Township, and a short time the coroner was called.

Flames and smoke were pouring out of this home when Newswatch 16 arrived. An alarm was sounding to get all firefighters out of the home as it was not structurally sound. 

The Luzerne County district attorney's office said an adult male was found inside and pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

Gusty winds made it difficult for crews to get the fire under control.

"Wind played a role, but also, it's a balloon frame construction so we had fire that just traveled right up into the attic from the first floor. And with the roof collapse, we've had some issues getting that fire but, we have crews up in there now do their best to get this fire out," said Trucksville Fire Chief Steve Mathers.

Crews from Trucksville, Shavertown, the Back Mountain, Jackson Township, and Kingston came to help fight the fire.

"It appears that there was heavy fire damage on the first floor, front of the structure, traveled up to the second floor, and that's where the majority of the fire was when we rolled up on scene."

State police and county officials are investigating.

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