One Resident Missing After Fast-Moving Weekend Fire In Bloom That Destroyed Two Homes

A massive fire destroyed two homes and damaged several others in Bloomsburg over the weekend and and now, with one resident unaccounted for, a cadavar dog is being brought in to search through the debris. The fire was reported at about 1 o’clock Sunday morning when a passerby noticed smoke and flames coming from a double-block home at 335-337 Fair Street near Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. All that’s left of the duplex is a charred pile of rubble. The blaze spread to an adjacent student apartment house at 341 Fair Street, which was gutted by the blaze. The student apartment house was empty, but Bloomsburg Fire Chief Scott McBride tells our news partner Newswatch 16 that only three of four people who live in the duplex that was leveled have been accounted for. A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but the fire chief says the damage is so severe, the cause may be never known.