Woman, Child Rescued from Raging McKeesport (PA) House Fire

Flames shoot from a home as firefighter work


Fire photographer Eric Rasmussen shared some photos of firefighters responding to a recent job in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

At 5:05 a.m. on June 16, 2018, McKeesport firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire with entrapment in the 2600 block of Cleveland Street. Police arrived on scene to find a fully involved structure with a woman and child trapped on a rear roof of the home. The woman was able to drop the child to safety as the first-arriving engine quickly rescued the woman.

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A second alarm was then quickly requested as crews then began to set up a defensive attack and protect the exposures. As crews began to arrive, several fire hydrants failed, so several tankers were immediately dispatched. Exposures on both sides of the fire began to ignite as crews worked with tank water until a water shuttle was set up.

The home finally collapsed so crews began working on the exposures to keep the fire from spreading further. Once crews finally received water, they were able to begin to knock down the bulk of the fire in the original structure and extinguish fire in the exposures. The fire was finally brought under control over an hour later as crews stayed on scene for several hours to completely extinguish the fire.

Four people were inside the home when the fire occurred. Two of the residents were able to escape by jumping from second floor windows. All four people, including the five-year-old child, were taken to the hospital for numerous injuries and burns. A total of three families were displaced.

One exposure home sustained heavy fire damage and the other exposure sustained moderate fire and smoke damage. Three other homes and several cars also were damaged due to the heat. One firefighter did sustain an ankle injury but was treated at the scene. There is no word on what may have started the fire. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is now investigating. The American Red Cross is helping the three families displaced by the fast-moving fire.

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