A house fire in Wilkinsburg (PA) fire jumped to three alarms, and flames engulfed the top floors of the structure, causing imminent danger for firefighters on the second floor, reports CBS Philadelphia.
Within seconds, seven firefighters were trapped and had to jump or go down a ladder head-first.
“They had to literally jump off the roof for them to not get seriously hurt,” neighbor Kevin Jermany said.
Mayor Bill Peduto and Chief Darryl Jones went to local hospitals to visit the injured firefighters, who suffered burns and broken bones.
“To each of them, I wanted to say thank you from the people of Pittsburgh,” Mayor Peduto said. “They saved an elderly woman’s life, who would not be with us this afternoon had they not put their own lives in jeopardy.”
“They will remain humble, they will tell you it’s all in a day’s work,” Chief Darryl Jones said. “But I am here to tell you that I am very proud to be a part of this organization.”
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