Residents Forced To Flee Intense Fire In Donora

DONORA (KDKA) – A fire early Friday morning damaged at least two structures in Donora, Washington County.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 900 block of Heslep Avenue around 1 a.m. The first firefighters to arrive were met by raging flames and thick smoke which was pouring from the upper floor of a multi-residential building.

Two apartments in the building sustained significant damage. A house next door was also damaged.

Steven Calloway has lived there for three years and was able to get out safely. When he was allowed back inside, he found a picture of his mother and father and it was in perfect condition.

“Angels from above. That’s what I say. Little signs like this give me encouragement,” Calloway said.

Calloway said police officers knocked on doors to get people out of the homes.

“They were on point. I’m an ex-military man and they were excellent, on-point, great, timing perfect. They jumped to duty, no hesitation. The fire department was right behind them, knocked out everything and they did a great job. I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” Calloway said.

Rowan Barnett lives in the other unit with her young daughter. She said she was preparing to cook last night, when she fell asleep.

“I was hungry and I was going to make chicken and french fries,” she said. “I didn’t hear a smoke alarm go off, no knocking on the door and I was laying right there.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to assist Calloway, which can be found here.

A Go Fund Me Page has also been set up for Barnett, which can be found here.

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