CORAOPOLIS (KDKA) – The family who lived in the duplex was able to get out with just minutes to spare and the fire proved to be a tough fight for firefighters.
The fire puffed and grew as firefighters relentlessly hosed down the duplex. The family, who had been fast asleep when the fire started, barely made it out.
“I woke up to my boyfriend yelling, ‘Fire, fire,’” Ashley Robinson said. “Within three to four minutes, the upstairs, the entire house was in flames.”
Robinson said she was sleeping upstairs, as was her 4-year-old daughter, Kelie. Her boyfriend, Quentin Parker, was in the living room.
He woke up thinking the heat was on too high and soon realized their home was on fire.
“When he got up, he was surrounded by flames. He said he actually had to jump over the coffee table. He could feel the floor giving way as he was running to us. He woke us up just in time, just in time. He saved our lives,” Robinson said.
With the family out, firefighters went to work. But, as soon as the fire seemed to be under control, it would flare up again.
“There was fire coming out of all the windows and doors,” Coraopolis Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Byrge said. “There is a lot of collapse within the building and burned out. That will be further investigated by the county fire marshal.”
Robinson said they were able to save one of their dogs, but lost another and a pet ferret. While it’s a heartbreaking loss, she’s thankful for one thing.
“At that moment in time, nothing else matters. You just get your family out and that’s it,” Robinson said. “The most precious item, which is my daughter, got out. So, that’s all that matters.”
Robinson says that most likely they’ll be staying with friends or family until they come up with a more permanent solution.
Parker suffered a two-inch, second-degree burn and smoke inhalation. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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