DUQUESNE (KDKA) – Three separate fires kept emergency crews busy overnight in the Mon Valley.
Two of the blazes happened just a few blocks apart in Duquesne, and the other was in Homestead.
The first fire broke out between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Grant Avenue in a two-story home that had been converted into three apartments.
“This ball of fire just shot straight up into the air and I mean you could just feel it,” said Cindy Yoder, a witness to the fire. “It instantly heated up this whole corner for a brief moment.”
Officials say the Red Cross is now helping five adults and one child who were all left homeless by the blaze.
So far, there is no word on the cause.
The other fire in Duquesne happened around 1 a.m. inside an apartment in the 100-block of Wilmot Street.
Authorities say it reportedly broke out after something caught fire on a stove.
“We are all blessed because even though everything in the house is messed up, we’re alive, my baby’s alive,” said Quaalyn Owens, a victim of the fire.
Two firefighters were hurt while battling the two fires. Also, officials say a cat was also rescued from one of the buildings.
Meanwhile, in Homestead, flames broke out just after 1 a.m. at a home in the 200-block of West 14th Avenue.
There were no reports of any injuries and no word on what caused the fire.