By Christine D'Antonio

SHALER (KDKA) – A Shaler family safely escaped their burning home early Monday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out in the 100-block of Convent Avenue around 3:30 a.m.

Firefighters say that the blaze started on the back porch.

The homeowner had gotten up to use the restroom and that’s when she smelled smoke. Three people were inside the home at the time the fire started.

A man and woman were able to get out unscathed. The woman’s 16-year-old son suffered minor burns on his neck and hand. He was treated and released at a local hospital.

The family’s dog was saved and their cat is presumed to be alive, but family members haven’t been able to find it just yet.

This fire marks the second the Cherry City Volunteer Fire Company has fought on the street in the past week.

Crews battled a blaze last Wednesday right next door to the one that caught fire this morning.

The Cherry City Fire Chief says he doesn’t believe the two fires are connected because Wednesday’s was accidental and started inside the home.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of Monday’s fire.

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