DORMONT (KDKA) – Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire in Dormont Thursday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 10:15 a.m. in the 2800-block of Crosby Avenue.
There was a significant fire inside the three-story home when firefighters arrived.
Two Mount Lebanon firefighters were injured when they fell through the second floor onto the first floor. The pair managed to grab onto floor joists as they were falling.
“One appears to be minor, but from what I understand, I was told there might be some rib injuries on the other fireman,” said Dormont Mayor Phil Ross.
Both are expected to be okay.
All firefighters were evacuated after that and heads counted. The floors were so spongy, one firefighter told KDKA he could feel them bouncing under his feet in the attic.
“When we saw the roof was sagging, we didn’t want to send any other crews interior, so we backed out,” said Assistant Chief Bryan Taylor, of the Dormont Fire Department.
There were no other reports of injuries.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
The owners, Bill and Melissa Michaels, put more than three years of sweat equity into remodeling their home. They were just about done when it was all was going up in smoke.
“It’s horrible,” said Leigh Fiumara, a witness. “You feel for these people, you really do. My heart just breaks for them.”
It took 13 fire companies and three hours before the fire was under control.