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Nanticoke man’s troubles mount

Section of house collapses week after he lost his manufacturing job because of plant shutdown.

The rear of Richard and Irene Kasisky’s home at 18 Coal St. in Nanticoke collapsed Thursday.

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An emotional Richard Kasisky, 61, pauses during an interview with a local TV station. He was returning from an unemployment benefits meeting for former HPG International employees when he discovered the damage.

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NANTICOKE – A man who lost his job last week at a Mountain Top manufacturing plant has now lost his Coal Street home, at least temporarily, after the rear addition collapsed Thursday afternoon.

Richard Kasisky, 61, couldn’t even turn onto his street when he returned from a three-hour unemployment benefits meeting for former HPG International employees because the one-way street was blocked with fire trucks responding to his home at 18 Coal St.

Yellow plastic caution tape is wrapped around the front porch, front doors and the backyard to prevent people and children from wandering around the property and possibly getting hurt in the debris.

Two yellow posters issued by Nanticoke Code Enforcement Officer Joe Kurdick condemned the house as dangerous and unsafe.

No one was hurt in the collapse.

Kasisky’s wife, Irene, said she was in the kitchen cooking when she heard “click-click-then boom” as the rear section, an add-on addition of their home, collapsed around 5:30 p.m.

Looking out the kitchen window she could no longer see the back portion’s roof, so she moved into the living room for safety.

“It shook a little bit, but the main house seems sound. We were in there and we were walking around,” Richard Kasisky said.

The family hopes to move back into their home, but they must hire their own engineer to inspect the home to see if it is structurally sound. They city’s engineer inspected the home Thursday night, Kasisky said.

The Kasiskys don’t know if their home insurance will cover the damage.

The Kasiskys stayed with their daughter Thursday night, but don’t know where they will be living now.

The family used the rear portion, which was on add-on addition to the former double-block, for storage of tools and a deep freezer loaded with food that must now be thrown out, Richard Kasisky said.

Over the past several months he had been working to tear down sections of the storage room because the room began pulling away from the main structure, he said.

Snow and freezing cold temperatures over the winter months delayed him in being able to remove the entire section, he added.

The house, an original coal company house was built around 1895 and was valued at $72,000 during the county’s recent property reassessment. After an informal review with the reassessment company, 21st Century Appraisals Inc., the home’s value was increased $10,000 to a total of $82,000.

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