CHESWICK (KDKA) – A major fire destroyed four businesses in Cheswick Tuesday and two firefighters were also hurt.

While the fire raged, Cheswick Fire Chief Lindsay Sandusky had to remain composed, knowing both his children were at the hospital after being injured trying to battle the fire.

“That was on my mind the whole time I was dealing with the fire,” Sandusky said.

Heather Sandusky, 19, and her 17-year-old brother, Josh, followed in their father’s footsteps and arrived yesterday afternoon prepared to fight the blaze alongside their dad.

“My daughter, Heather, had burns to her hands and arm and my son had smoke inhalation,” Sandusky said.

Heather suffered third-degree burns and is scheduled for surgery on Friday. Despite that, she still went to class today at CCAC, while Josh went to work.

“That’s just the way we are. I wouldn’t expect anything else out of them,” Sandusky said.

The roof of the building, which housed four businesses, collapsed. The building owner is now trying to find a temporary fix to get the businesses back up and running.

Returning to the scene today, Ed Watson said he has great admiration for the men and women who responded to help.

“There were nine units here and how they reacted and how each man hustled and worked through it and they don’t get paid. Got a lot of respect for it. I had a lot of respect before, but I got a lot more today, believe me,” Watson said.


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