INDIANA TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Indiana Township Wednesday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out on Victory Way just before 3 a.m.
Residents inside the home were able to escape, but one man was taken to a local hospital scene for chest pains and a possible respiratory issue.
“The flames were shooting out of the roof and windows and doors and they were trying to get a good knock on it when I first got here, but it was spreading too fast for them,” Tim Bidek, a neighbor, said.
“It was a full working structure fire. We protected the exposure and then attacked the property,” Dorseyville Fire Department Captain Paul Robbins said.
Firefighters had to restrain the man taken to the hospital because he tried to get back into the house to retrieve prescription medication and other items.
Police eventually removed him from the scene before he was taken to the hospital.
The heat from the fire melted a neighboring home’s siding, but firefighters managed to save it.
The Allegheny County fire marshal was called to the scene to try and discover what caused the fire, but the home is believed to be a total loss.