CHARLEROI (KDKA) – An overnight fire at a three-story home in Washington County sent two people to the hospital and displaced three families.
There were three apartments inside of the Washington Avenue residence in Charleroi where the blaze broke out around 4:30 a.m.
Flames could be seen shooting from the roof and the second floor. The cold temperatures also made it difficult for firefighters on the scene.
Two residents reportedly suffered injuries while trying to get to safety and were taken to Mon Valley Hospital for treatment.
According to officials, two women who live on the second floor had to jump out of windows to escape. One of them jumped, hit the gas meter below and broke her ankle.
Authorities say the other woman who jumped out of the window barely missed a pole sticking from the ground. She suffered first and second degree burns.
There is no report on either of their conditions.
A couple who live in the basement were able to get out without injury. One of the women had a young son, but officials say he was not at home when the fire started.
So far, there’s no word on what sparked the fire, but the state police fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate.