Early morning fire guts Chestnut Street home in Pottstown

POTTSTOWN — An early morning fire broke out in a home in the 300 block of Chestnut Street Thursday, forcing residents to leap from the windows.

The call for the fire at 327 Chestnut St. came in at 4:44 a.m. and when fire crews arrived the building was fully engulfed in flames, said Pottstown Fire Chief Frank Hand.

“The crews did a really good job of knocking it down,” said Hand.

That was evident by the fact that the home is attached to another on the east side, but the neighboring home seemed to have suffered no more damage than some smoke stains and scorch marks.

No firefighters were injured, although one resident sustained an ankle injury as a result of jumping from the window, Hand said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation “but we have no reason to think it’s suspicious,” Hand said. “We’re still checking some of the appliances.”

Hand said the residents likely owe their lives to the fact that the home had working smoke detectors.

“I can’t stress that enough,” Hand said. “The smoke alarms worked and the residents were able to evacuate the building.”

By 9:30 a.m., the destruction from the fire was evident, as Hand and fire marshals inspected the damage.

Nearly all the windows had been knocked out and the black soot from the flames was evident on the siding.

The entire first floor was gutted and blackened by the blaze.

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