Two Pa. Firefighters Hurt as Two Homes Burn


An investigation is under way after a house fire injured two firefighters on Monday morning.

The fire started in the 200 block of Hawkins Avenue in North Braddock.

The home that caught fire was vacant, but the intense flames spread to homes on either side.

Channel 4 Action News' Amber Nicotra reported that one home, that neighbors said they thought was vacant, actually housed a mother and three children. The family was able to escape without injury.

Nicotra reported a woman who lives next to the vacant home was also forced to evacuate.

Hazel Susser has lived in the neighborhood for the last 45 years and said she is worried about what's damaged inside her home.

"It was terrible. It was terrible," Susser said. "I'm concerned about my good chinaware and my knickknacks."

Susser said she was unaware her home was on fire until two North Braddock police officers rescued her from her bedroom.

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.

The heat both from the fire and the weather proved to be a major issue for crews. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. Another firefighter suffered smoke inhalation, authorities said.

Both firefighters were taken to the hospital, Nicotra reported.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.

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