FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE ROW HOME FIRE IN TAMAQUA

Row Home Fire, 100 Block of Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua, 11-21-2015
Special to TamaquaArea.com

Three people are without a home tonight after a fast-moving blaze struck a set of row homes along the 100 block of Orwigsburg Street in Tamaqua.
Firefighters were dispatched around 8:45 PM to the area of 129 Orwigsburg Street for a working structure. They arrived to see heavy fire and smoke pouring out the front and rear of 129 and 131 Orwigsburg Street. It took firefighters just over an hour to gain control of the blaze.
The fire, which destroyed both properties, permanently displaced three people. This included Matthew Oliver of 129 Orwigsburg Street, and Rozanne Brozyno and James Heffelfinger of 131 Orwigsburg Street. Oliver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Brozyno and Heffelfinger were helped out their home by neighbors and emergency officials. Both are staying with friends and friends tonight.
Oliver, who ran outside his home completely naked, said didn’t have enough time to put clothes on after he awoke to four-foot high flames in his home. He added that neighbors were quick to provide clothing and a blanket to him. He is staying with family tonight.
Row Home Fire, Blaze, 100 Block of Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua, 11-21-2015 (5) - CopyTwo vehicles parked on Orwigsburg Street were also destroyed by the fire. Of which, one was owned by Brozyno and the other by Oliver.
In addition, multiple properties across the street and adjacent properties suffered minor to fair damage from the heat and/or smoke. Four adults, three children and over a dozen pets residing in adjacent homes at 125 and 127 Orwigsburg Street are temporarily displaced and living with friends and family until they can move back in. They were Richard Yost, Arlene Yost and Paulie of 125 Orwigsburg Street, and Jennifer Yost and three children from 127 Orwigsburg Street.
Row Home Fire, Blaze, 100 Block of Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua, 11-21-2015 (80) - CopyIncident commander Jim Connely, Chief, American Hose Company, said the fire appears to have started on the first floor of 129 Orwigsburg Street. He added it is still under investigation.
Adding to the stubborn blaze and two vehicle fires, emergency officials had to work around live arcing wires laying on the water-covered street. Sparks routinely ignited as firefighters walked around the wires. PPL arrived shortly after to turn off power to the block. Power was restored to most homes around 1 AM.
Connely praised the quick response from all responding fire companies. Neighbors stated their astonishment of all the firefighters, who prevented the fully engulfed fire from spreading to adjacent properties. Responding were South Ward Fire Company, Citizen’s Fire Company, American Hose Fire Company, East End Fire Company, Tamaqua Rescue Squad, Coaldale Fire Company, firefighters from Carbon County Rapid Intervention Team, Tamaqua Ambulance, Tamaqua Police and others.
Row Home Fire, Blaze, 100 Block of Orwigsburg Street, Tamaqua, 11-21-2015 (146) - CopyTamaqua Fire Police detoured vehicle and foot traffic from the area during the response.
Also responding were Schuylkill County Red Cross and Tamaqua Salvation Army. Both provided assistance to the fire victims and firefighters.
Tamaqua Salvation Army Major Sharon Whispell stated her appreciation to Domino’s Pizza in Tamaqua and Burger King in Tamaqua for their generous donation of food for the emergency responders – at all times of the day.
The last emergency crew left the scene around 2 AM.
The fire was deemed accidental.


YouCaring DonateHOW TO HELP  

An online fundraiser was started by the Tamaqua Volunteers group to help the three victims (Rozanne Brazyno, James Heffelfinger, Matthew Oliver) who lost their homes and all their belongings. To donate online, go to https://www.youcaring.com/Tamaqua-Orwigsburg-St-Fire-Fund-Nov-21-2015-Donate 

Donations can also be given at any Wells Fargo bank branch office by mentioning that you want to donate to “Tamaqua Orwigsburg Street Fire Victims Fund“.

Monetary donations or gift cards can be dropped off or mailed at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, Tamaqua PA  18252. Checks must be made out to “Tamaqua Orwigsburg Street Fire Victims Fund”.  

For more information on how to help, call the Tamaqua Volunteers group at 570-668-1234.


Click HERE or HERE to view the WBRE/WYOU TV stories.


Click HERE to view the Times News story.
Click HERE for an updated story in the Times News stating the cause was accidental.


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YouCaring DonateAn online fundraiser was started by the Tamaqua Volunteers group to help the three victims (Rozanne Brazyno, James Heffelfinger, Matthew Oliver) who lost their homes and all their belongings. To donate online, go to https://www.youcaring.com/Tamaqua-Orwigsburg-St-Fire-Fund-Nov-21-2015-Donate.  

Donations can also be given at any Wells Fargo bank branch office by mentioning that you want to donate to “Tamaqua Orwigsburg Street Fire Victims Fund“.

Monetary donations or gift cards can be dropped off or mailed at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, Tamaqua PA  18252. Checks must be made out to “Tamaqua Orwigsburg Street Fire Victims Fund”.  

For more information on how to help, call the Tamaqua Volunteers group at 570-668-1234.

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  1. […] Responding were Ryan Township Fire Company, Quake Fire Company, Hometown Fire Company, Citizen’s Fire Company of Mahanoy City, Altamont Fire Company of West Mahanoy Township, Ryan Township Ambulance, Ryan Township Police and others. Hometown Fire Police volunteers detoured traffic for the duration. According to courthouse records, the farmhouse was constructed in 1825. Additional owners are listed as Norma Stramara, Raymond and Minnie Haring and Edna Chapman. Volunteers with the Tamaqua Salvation Army provided assistance to the family and firefighters. The family is currently staying with family in a small home in West Penn Township. This was the second fire in the region in less than 24 hours. The other fire occurred in Tamaqua the night before, and displaced three adults. (story) […]

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