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6 firefighters injured after firetrucks collide en route to fire in northeastern PA

Two firetrucks responding to a house fire collided at Route 309 and Butler Drive in Luzerne County around 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Trucks from Valley Regional Fire and Rescue and Hazle Township were on their way to a fire at 171 Grouse Ridge Lane in Beech Mountain Lakes in Drums when the collision happened.

The township’s police chief, William Feissner, said two firefighters suffered “moderate injuries” and four others were slightly injured. One firefighter was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley and the others to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

The house that was destroyed by fire after two firetrucks collided. (CITIZENS VOICE)
The house that was destroyed by fire after two firetrucks collided. (CITIZENS VOICE)

Feissner said a preliminary investigation indicated the rescue truck entered the intersection on a red light and began to turn left and the ladder truck had a green light “activated by traffic light pre-emption system on the ladder truck.” The ladder truck swerved but hit the rescue truck and then an embankment, leaving the driver of the ladder truck trapped for a short time, Feissner said. Both vehicles had lights and sirens on, he said.

The burning house both vehicles were heading to was destroyed by flames, but no injuries were reported, officials said.

Savannah Saraceno said four people including herself were inside the home when a RYOBI battery charger started sparking in the garage. She said she heard a few pops and then the battery exploded.

The family tried to extinguish the fire but it became too dangerous and they were forced to evacuate.

All family members got out safely including the family’s dog and a pet snake.

Another angle on the destroyed house.
Another angle on the destroyed house. (CITIZENS VOICE)

The fire spread to a vehicle parked outside.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Source: Berkshire mont

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