Five firefighters were injured battling a multiple-alarm row house fire today in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
6abc.com reported (http://bit.ly/NIPVEC) that the fire was first reported around noon Thursday at 854 North 8th Street, according to fire officals. It quickly spread to the roofs of two adjacent homes to the north.
As of 3:00 p.m. it had not yet been declared under control.
According firefighters’ union representative John Stribula, five firefighters have been taken to area hospitals to be treated for overexertion and dehydration. Several others were being treated at the scene.
Fire department Captain John Christopher told reporters that efforts to fight the fire have been hampered by lack of personnel because of new guidelines set forth in a new firefighter contract that took effect Saturday August 18.
Read more and see a photo of the scene of the fire at http://bit.ly/NIPVEC.