Pa. Chief Spots House Fire, Jumps Into Action


A Westmoreland County fire chief was in the right place at the right time when he spotted flames on a porch at a North Huntingdon home and jumped into action.

A crew from Jeannette EMS was one of the first to drive by the scene, recording the fire on their dashboard camera while calling 911.

"Talk about being in the right place at the right time -- they were," said Randy Highlands, of Jeannette EMS.

But so was Dan Musgrove.

Musgrove said he passed the scene at 4 a.m. Tuesday while on his way to work.

"I saw the fire and automatic instinct is I gotta get down there and put it out," said Musgrove, who helped extinguish the fire.

Musgrove said he used his safety vest to douse the flames.

Putting out fires isn't anything new for Musgrove, who is the acting fire chief at the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department.

Although he did admit using a safety vest and a bottle of water to do so was a first.

"Maybe another three to four minutes, it could have been into the wall and they probably could have lost the whole house," said Musgrove.

But Musgrove said what he did comes with the territory.

"It's just what we do. I mean, I'd do it for anybody," said Musgrove.

Hait reported that a resident was sleeping inside at the time of the fire.

Investigators said they believe the fire was intentionally set but have not made any arrests.

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