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BILL CROWELL / FOR THE EXPRESS A firefighter continues to fight the flames in an apartment fire along West Church Street on Thursday night.

LOCK HAVEN – Six people were left homeless, but there were no injuries when a massive fire destroyed an apartment building in the city on Thursday evening.

Huge flames erupted, lighting the sky with an orange glow, around 11 p.m. when the call was placed at the Clinton County Communications Center.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the yellow three-story house at 344 W. Church St. in flames and smoke billowing from the rafters.

The house, owned by Jeff Donoughe, is located across from the East Campus of Lock Haven University.

Montoursville PSP Fire Marshal Nathan Birth said the cause of the blaze remains undetermined.

Birth said the fire started on the second-story porch and estimated the loss at $ 120,000.

“The house is a total loss” the fire marshal said, noting that Donoughe had insurance on the structure, but tenants did not have insurance for tenants.

Two people living in the upstairs apartment escaped the blaze to safety, the fire marshal said.

Four mixed students rented the lower part of the building, but none were at home during the blaze, Birth said.

Fire companies such as Lock Haven, Dunnstown, Flemington and Beech Creek responded to the blaze and stayed on site overnight.

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