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Fire strikes Lehighton apartment building twice within hours

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LEHIGHTON (WOLF) -- Brutally cold temperatures led to the injuries of two firefighters as they battled an intense blaze at a Lehighton apartment building Monday morning, just hours after another fire broke out on the first floor of the same building the night before.

Ten residents of the building on North 2nd Avenue are now without homes, the fire tearing through the building around 8 a.m.

When crews arrived, they say the fire was already heavily involved throughout the building.

Cold weather conditions causing injuries to two firefighters.

Patrick Mriss, Chief, Lehighton Fire Department, said, “There were two firefighters transported to a local hospital with weather-related injuries whether the cold or slip and fall on the ice.”

And creating quite the mess to clean up later.

Water used to extinguish the fire, freezing on the streets around the building in the frigid temperatures.

Fortunately, no one else was injured.

Firefighters tell us no residents were inside during the time of the fire, after they vacated the night before due to a loss of utilities.

No word if that loss is connected to another fire that broke out on the first floor of the apartment building Sunday night, just hours before today’s fire.

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The Fire Marshal’s Unit from Pennsylvania State Police is conducting an investigation.

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