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May 3, 2014

Family displaced a second time by fire

NEW CASTLE — A family displaced by a fire last month was forced out of their Mahoningtown apartment by a blaze Friday morning.

A fire that broke out in the kitchen of a first-floor apartment in a Mahoningtown triplex Friday spread smoke through the building.

New Castle firefighters were called around 11 a.m. to 7 Darlington St., across from Darlington Park, to a building that had smoke pouring out of the upstairs windows when they arrived. Callers reported seeing flames coming from the windows of the structure.

The fire was out within minutes, but smoke continued to billow from the house.

Cpl. Chris Fabian, New Castle police fire investigator, said the cause of the blaze appeared to have been accidental, caused by something cooking on a stove in the back, first-floor apartment of Daniel Perry. He was taken to Jameson Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

The second-floor tenants, Norman and Bronte Baxter and their two children, had just moved there after a fire at 602 Taylor St. destroyed the duplex where they had lived, Fabian said. He noted it was Norman Baxter who had called the firefighters Friday.

The family is displaced for a second time in a month, at least temporarily, he said.

The fire was contained to the kitchen on the first floor, Fabian said, but there was considerable smoke throughout the building.

A third apartment, in the front on the first floor, also had a male tenant who was displaced during the fire.

Officials said the building is owned by Anthony Mazzant.

Perry is being assisted by the American Red Cross, which will provide vouchers for food and clothing, according to spokesman Kevin Brown. Housing is not a concern, Brown noted, saying Perry has family he can stay with.

Brown said generally, assistance is provided for up to three days “depending on the situation and the need.”

He added the other residents have not contacted the Red Cross for assistance.

“If they have a need, we are available to help.”

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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