2018-05-12 / Front Page

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                                 Photo courtesy of Laurie Garrigan Photo courtesy of Laurie Garrigan Emporium was shaken once again Tuesday night by a devastating fire at a multi-unit apartment complex. Thirteen residents of the seven rental units at 448 East Allegany Avenue safely self-evacu­ated following the 10:20 alarm. John Whitcomb, Pa. State Police fire marshal, said his investigation determined that the blaze was touched off by discarded smoking materials on a rear second-story porch. Officials said the structure, owned by Olean, N.Y., resident Laura Hoffman-Williamson, is likely unsalvageable. Emporium firefighters were joined by volunteers from Austin, St. Marys, Port Allegany, Coudersport and Kersey. They brought the blaze under control at around 3 am Wednesday, but were summoned back to the scene four hours later when it rekindled in a section between an old shingle roof and a new metal roof built over it.

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