A teenager forced onto the back porch roof of a burning home was rescued by attentive neighbors in Warwick Township on Friday morning.
The teen was taken to
More than 75 firefighters from about 15 fire companies responded to the
Before they arrived, neighbors were able to safely get the teenager away from the home.
One neighbor, who asked not to be named, said he was preparing to clean his gutters when he noticed the fire.
"I went running toward the house and the kid was already coming out the back," the man said. "I said, 'Buddy, hang tight. I'm going to get my ladder.'"
As other neighbors arrived, they were able to get the teenager off of the porch roof and to safety, he said.
The man said the teenager "was in shock" and couldn't really say much to them.
The home, a converted three-apartment rental property that housed 10 people, was relatively empty when the blaze began. Only the teenage boy was home, said homeowner
Fries, who lives behind the home in another detached building, said his sister-in-law lives in the building but was not home at the time of the fire.
He was away in
"They are just asking what their options are," Fries said of the home's residents. "They have insurance, so everything should be taken care of. Everything should be OK. It's just where they go for the time being. Maybe it can be rebuilt. Maybe not. I'm getting conflicting stories on that, too."
The fire wasn't declared under control until about
Rothsville Fire deputy