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Firefighters respond to fire at South Whitehall Twp house


Special to The Press

Firefighters responded July 31 to a working house fire at 2135 Belmont St., South Whitehall.

The origin of the fire appeared to be in the basement.

Heat from the fire melted a junction in a pipe which helped control the fire before firefighters arrived.

According to a neighbor, previous fires at the location included a porch fire, basement fire, and at the rear of the dwelling involving the second floor.

Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Cetronia, Whitehall Station 39 and Western Salisbury fire departments, as well as the Cetronia Ambulance Corps and South Whitehall Township police were dispatched.

Greenawalds Assistant Chief Josh Green reported it as a working fire when he arrived on the scene.

South Whitehall Township Fire Marshal John Frantz was on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

According to Lehigh County assessment records, the property is owned by Feda Abboud and Ibrahim Milhem.

ABOVE: Firefighters advance a water hose for a house fire July 31 at 2135 Belmont St., South Whitehall Township.
LEFT: South Whitehall firefighters enter a rear door at 2135 Belmont St., to check for fire on the first floor. PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND
This pet gerbil was removed from the house fire July 31 at 2135 Belmont St., South Whitehall. The gerbil appeared to be fine.