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Fire ravages new homes

The unoccupied townhouses are in Pittston Township’s Stauffer Pointe development.

A fire blazes through townhomes being constructed at Stauffer Pointe townhouse development on Grandview Drive in Pittston Township early Saturday morning.

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PITTSTON TWP. – An early morning blaze destroyed 15 homes still being built at the Stauffer Pointe townhouse development on Saturday.

Firefighters responded around 2:15 a.m. to the structure fire at the townhouse development on Grandview Drive, said Pittston Township Volunteer Fire Chief Tony Angelella.

“The structure was fully involved when we arrived with units,” he said.

Flames completely destroyed three of the units at the development, according to Angelella, and each unit had about five homes. The units were unoccupied because they were not finished, he said.

There were no reported injuries, Angelella said. The cause has not been determined pending an investigation by the state police fire marshal on Monday.

The cost of damage has not been determined, Angelella said.

Investigators are working with the owner of the development company to determine the cost, the fire chief said.

The development, known as the Stauffer Pointe townhouse project, is owned by developers Angelo Terrana, a partner in the development, Armand Mascioli and Popple Construction, according to Times Leader archives.

Mascioli also developed property in Marina Pointe at Harveys Lake.

Construction began in early May for the $50 million project expected to bring 182 town homes priced between $275,000 and $350,000 on 47 acres of land.

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