VERONA (KDKA) — A mother and daughter were being treated for injuries following a fast-moving house fire this morning in Verona.
The two-alarm fire broke out in the 500-block of Penn Street around 10 a.m. and thick smoke could be seen for miles. Several fire departments were called to the scene including Verona, Penn Hills and Oakmont.
The wood-frame home where the blaze started was destroyed.
“The flames were coming out the windows extremely… and then the electrical wires were sparking like fireworks going off from the house,” said Doreen McDae, a neighbor.
Authorities say three people were inside the home when the fire started. A mother and daughter had to jump to a neighbor’s porch roof to escape. Neighbors reached them with a ladder.
They were taken to West Penn Hospital where they are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns. There is no word on their conditions.
The blaze spread to two neighboring homes. Officials say one of those homes had smoke damage; the other had some smoke and fire damage.
“Once we started squirting water, we came to the agreement we’re not going to send anybody in, getting any of our guys hurt,” said Chief Ray Suchevich, of the Verona Fire Department. “Unfortunately, this family lost a lot, they lost everything.”
Six people have been displaced by the fire.
It took crews several hours to bring the flames and smoke under control, but no firefighters were injured in the blaze. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.