ALLENTOWN, Pa - A team of firefighters were on scene battling a fire in the 100 block of South Bradford Street in Allentown Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors say they saw smoke coming from the first floor and went to tell the people living there.
“I went down and I went up to the backdoor, I opened up the storm door and I realized the whole thing was engulfed with fire," said neighbor Darlene Slough. “It was straight across the counter. The whole countertop was on fire and the stove was in the middle.”
Neighbors called 911 and then were able to get at least one person out before crews arrived.
“It was all we could do, just tell the firemen that there is somebody possibly alive in there," Slough said.
“We removed another male that was taken immediately to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest. I don’t really have the extent of his injuries," said Captain John Christopher of the Allentown Fire Department.
The third person in the home was a woman neighbors call Pepper. Witnesses say she went inside to save a cat in the home, but firefighters couldn't get to her right away.
“The fire was forward of the stairs. They actually had to push the fire back so crews could go upstairs to rescue," Christopher said.
Firefighters did rescue the woman and medical personnel on scene tried to save her, but after a short time the coroner was called.
The coroner identified the victim as Sharon Ann Hohl, 54, of Allentown. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death.
"Pepper was a very different type of a woman. She would do anything in the world for anybody," Slough said.
There is no update on the condition of the man transported to the hospital.
Investigators are still trying to determine a cause.
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