N. Green Street House Fire Under Investigation

After two gas cans were discovered near the scene of a house fire at 40 N. Green St., two fire marshals and the Nazareth Borough Police Department began an investigation.

UPDATE, 10:00 a.m. March 14: The Fire Department was back at the site of the Green St. blaze this morning to throw more water on it. Northampton County 911 said it was a routine matter, to douse any potential flare ups.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m. March 13: The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley was called to assist five families (six adults and three children) displaced by a fire that destroyed the end unit of a row of townhouses at 40 N. Green St. and left Center Square in a haze of smoke.

The Red Cross provided one family with lodging, clothing, food, shoes and toiletry items.

The other families elected to stay with relatives or friends. Assistance for those families included food, clothing and toiletry items.

UPDATE, 4:07 p.m. March 13: Two gas cans were cornered off with police tape Tuesday afternoon after officers from the found them just across the street from a working house fire.

The fire, which destroyed the end unit of a row of townhouses at 40 N. Green St. and left Center Square in a haze of smoke, is under investigation, according to Police Chief Thomas Trachta.

"Borough fire marshal Edward Statler is here on scene and the State Police fire marshal is on his way," Trachta said.

No injuries were reported, and firefighter's were able to save a cat.

There are a total of five townhomes -- 40, 38 and 36 N. Green St. were affected. Trachta said he expects three families to be displaced, but it could be more as the damage was still being assessed around 3 p.m.

Multiple fire departments were dispatched around 2 p.m. to the home just behind the Nazareth post office for a report of a "working dwelling fire."

Flames shot through the back of the house as firefighters worked to cut ventilation holes, and smoke could be seen billowing into the air. Nearby Center Square was in a haze.

According to Northampton County property records, Orwig Property Management owns the row of townhouses.

This isn't the first fire reported in the area, although it is the first to cause devastation.

Two fires were reported on the night of Sept. 26 at 34 N. Green St. and were being investigated as arson, according to a report in the Express-Times.

A little after 8 p.m., was dispatched for a report of a "rubbish" fire.

According to the Express-Times report, a decorative wreath was set on fire, and about 50 minutes later police were called for another fire at the rear of the home.

Then, on Dec. 23 at about 8:45 p.m., The Express-Times reported, someone set a flower pot on fire in the 100 block of N. Green Street. The siding on the house sustained minimal damage.

All of the fires remain under investigation.

Vigilance Hose was assisted Tuesday by , , , and Palmer Municipal Fire Department.

ORIGINAL POST: Multiple fire departments were dispatched to 40 N. Green St. in Nazareth for a report of a "working dwelling fire."

Firefighters saved a row of houses by quickly knocking down the fire in the end unit.

According to Northampton County property records, Orwig Property Management owns the row of townhouses.

There are no reports of injuries.

The fire is in the same geographic area where arson was suspected in and .

Check Nazareth Patch for the latest updates.

Nazareth Resident 11 March 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Where did these magical gas cans come from and who found them. State police were there and didn't suspect gas as being involved with the fire. Stop starting rumors and insinuating fowl play. That family looked like then lost everything. Why would they start a fire to then lose everything? Doesn't happen like that. Get your facts straight and stop trying to push things into peoples heads.
Josh Mansen March 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Well, it leads one to wonder since this is the third house in about 10 years that has been destroyed by fire for one of the residents that lived there.... http://blog.pennlive.com/lvbreakingnews/2007/11/row_home_blaze_reported_in_sto.html
Nazareth Resident 11 March 15, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Well Josh, since you wanted to post an article to prove a point. Maybe you should have refer back to that article that you referred to and read the part where a local juvenile started the fire not a resident. And the first fire for that resident, I believe was there parents house and that was an electrical fire i believe and that was cleared by the same fire marshals working this fire. So if one wants to wonder or believe; maybe they should do alittle research before trying to insinuate arson.
Josh Mansen March 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM
There is obviously a reason it is being treated as a suspicious fire, and as Ben Miller mentioned in another comment, the gas cans were definitely found and treated as evidence. If the original fire was in fact an electrical fire, was it cleared by the local fire marshal or the state police fire marshal? This would be good to know, especially if it in fact was allegedly not suspicious
Josh Mansen March 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Ben - it's great that you are starting a fund raiser for the families that were affected by this. That is a very wonderful thing to do. I just find it VERY odd that fire seems to follow her wherever she goes. The facts in this incident are just way too coincidental Unexplained fires in the area around her Bushkill St home in Stockertown when she lived there, then ultimately her house burns down, along with others. Fast forward 5 years later, to this incident. There are several unexplained fires in Nazareth in the area around her home, then her house burns down again. If you're chalking that up as some very bad luck, I wouldn't stand too close to her when you are presenting the donations to the family - you just may get caught under her black cloud. When you get a chance, look up the definition of pyromania disorder. The fact that her husband is/was a volunteer firefighter is the icing on the cake. If it walks like a duck... Oh, and for the record - I heard from another source that her husband was allegedly at work when the fire started - not in the home as the article stated.
Josh Mansen March 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Naz Resident - I think YOU need to re-read the article, and do your own research as the article stated no such thing. Here, wait, I'll do it for you. Just as the original article I posted stated take a look at this article: http://articles.mcall.com/2007-11-29/news/3813131_1_trash-bin-fires-apartment-building-fire-two-other-fires It states the same thing - juveniles were SUSPECTED, based on RUMOR not FACT. Had any juveniles been charged? No. I'm sure we would have heard about it, considering not much goes on in Stockertown. Here's another article for you to mull over regarding the same incident in Stockertown: http://articles.mcall.com/2007-11-28/news/3812418_1_two-story-dwelling-apartment-fast-moving Notice that Dewey herself claimed that "eyewitnesses told her they saw juveniles in the vicinity of the building before the fire broke out" That is not FACT, it is HEARSAY. Where are the witnesses? Did they ever come forward and provide a statement, leading to the arrest of the alleged juvenile(s)? The owner of the pizza shop stated that "it's a small town, they should know who did it" -- apparently not.
Stephanie Smith March 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
They are both members of Upper Nazareth Fire Department
Rich Dewey March 16, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Thank you Ben for what you and everyone is doing for my family and friends affected by this fire..We ALL appreciated it..For the Record JOSH you really need to do your homework if you want to bash people..For the stockertown fire, YES there was a Juvenile charged with the fire...I sat in court with MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS who had lost things in the fire..NOT YOU...The Juvenile ADMITTED and was CONVICTED and sent away because of his actions..LOOK IT UP BECAUSE IT SOUNDS TO ME YOU HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON YOUR HANDS... As for my wifes familys home, the fire was ruled as an electrical fire by the same STATE FIRE MARSHAL who is handling our fire. And I have total confidence that they will determine how this fire happened..AND also I'm not sure who you are getting your misinformation from or your mystery source is but I would change it because youre making yourself sound like an a$$..I was at work the day of the fire... PLEASE leave my family alone with your stupid theories and move on..we really don't need negative people around like U!!
Joe Blow March 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Josh, did the media even reference all these fires you speak of at any point in the article? You seem to have an unhealthy obsession with his individual and her misfortunes. Kinda stalkerish.
Mallory Vough (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I think the point has been proven, and I believe the conversation has gone far enough. The fire is under investigation. Leave the assumptions, coincidences and insinuations at the door. I will be sure to write a follow-up when the fire marshal makes his determination.
Ben Miller September 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
There's really not much more to say, other than that I'm disappointed.


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