DORMONT (KDKA) – A quick-moving fire damaged a home in Dormont Wednesday morning.

On a rainy morning, eight fire crews were called to the 3200-block of Pinehurst Avenue for a five-alarm house fire around 9 a.m.

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No one was home at the time, but a neighbor called 911 and helped rescue some of the family’s pets.

“I came home, looked up and saw some flames. I stopped and looked for a while to see if anyone was in the house. I knocked on the door and I didn’t see anybody, ran across the street called 911 from my cell phone, then I ran back over to try to get the dogs out,” Reggie Johnson said.

Three people lived inside the house with three dogs and two birds. The birds didn’t make it out alive.

The homeowner fought back tears while watching her belongings and memories go up in flames.

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Fire officials said the fire reached five alarms because of the limited volunteer man power during the daytime and because of the danger involved with homes being so close together.

“In Dormont, it’s a very big problem. We’re heavily populated and all these homes are so close together. It’s very dangerous so us getting here very quick and putting water on the fire to minimize the damage was very crucial,” Deputy Chief James Kolesky said.

Emergency responders said that no injuries were reported.

Fire officials said the blaze probably started on the second floor of the home, but they’re still investigating.


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