LEWISTOWN - The cause of a fire on Jan. 17 that damaged Elsessers Apartments on South Main Street is still under investigation as law enforcement officials continue to follow received information.
Mifflin County Regional Police officer-in-charge Scott Mauery said his department, the Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown and Pennsylvania State Police Rockview are working together on different aspects of the investigation.
Mauery said that as of right now, the cause of the fire is "undetermined/suspicious."
The fire displaced around 50 people - several of whom were transported to hospitals throughout central Pennsylvania and were later released. Injuries from residents ranged from minor scrapes and bruises, to burns and smoke inhalation. There were no fatalities
About three apartments were heavily damaged and 25 to 27 apartments sustained moderate to significant damage.
The Red Cross, Mifflin-Juniata United Way and other various agencies stepped in to assist those displaced by the fire.
If you have information
Law enforcement officials are asking that anyone with information pertaining to the fire contact Mifflin County Regional Police at 248-1900, Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown at 320-1010 or Pennsylvania State Police Rockview at (814) 355-6020.
Several fire departments, police departments and emergency personnel that responded to the fire recently were publicly commended at a Lewistown Borough Council meeting for their heroic efforts.