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2 firefighters' homes burned in 1 week

A firefighter responded to his own home engulfed in flames

By FireRescue1 Staff

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — A Pa. town has seen two firefighters' homes burn down in just one week, leaving them homeless.

Dunmore Firefighter Dominic Rinaldi was at the station when he heard his address toned out.

“I was putting my boots on and I heard my address come over the radio. We came over the O’Neill Highway I could see the smoke and I knew that it was going pretty good at that point,” Rinaldi said.

Firefighter Rinaldi's truck was the first on the scene, according to WNEP.

“It was tough, he wanted to get here as quick as possible. I was having him keep his composure so we could get here safe and do our jobs,” said Dunmore Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Dee.

Firefighter Rinaldi said it was surreal to see the crew kick in his front door and smash his windows.

He told the television station that no one was home at the time and that their family pets were rescued unharmed. The home, however, is now uninhabitable.

On Thursday, another firefighter's home was destroyed due to an electrical fire. Firefighter Rinaldi is lifelong friends with that firefighter.

The cause of the blaze at Firefighter Rinaldi's home is still under investigation.

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