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East Liberty Apartment Building Fire Displaces 20

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EAST LIBERTY (KDKA) – Crews responded to a fast-moving apartment building fire in East Liberty Saturday morning.

According to emergency dispatchers, the three-alarm fire started around 6:12 a.m. in the 500-block of North Negley Avenue.

Two people jumped from windows to escape the fire, while several children were handed out of windows to safety. Firefighters also rescued siblings Ronnie and Rebeca Garcia-Sanches off of the roof.

One person suffered broken ribs after jumping from the window.

A woman emerged from a basement apartment nearly an hour after the fire had started after smoke and water began pouring into the unit.

“I found a secret way to get out of there,” Sandy Massie said. “I woke up at 5 o’clock and my ceiling, there was smoke coming down.”

In all, 20 people were displaced and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Officials at the scene believe the fire may have started in the second floor hallway.

“At the end of the day, this is our home. Where do we live now? It’s kind of hard. At the ame time, we’re just happy everybody is alive,” Serg Hill said.

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