EAST DEER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — An East Deer Township woman is lucky to be alive after fire left her homeless.

Firefighters responded to the call around 12:05 a.m. Friday at 173 East Murray Hill Road.

Neighbor Virginia Reck said she had no idea the house next door was on fire.

“I looked outside and saw a truck that was all lit up, but I never thought of anything like fire because I didn’t hear sirens,” Reck said.

Reck said she found out what happened when her sister-in-law called her Friday morning.

“When we arrived on scene, there was heavy fire out of the first floor and basement,” Chief Jack Bailie with East Deer Volunteer Fire Department said.

Fire crews say the woman was out of the house before they got there. Reck said her neighbor’s name is Mary, and was just over at her house two weeks ago. She said she lived alone.

“That house has been there as long as our house has been here over 79 to 80 years,” Reck said.

Fire crews say the inside of the home is pretty much destroyed. They say it was a challenge to fight the fire at first.

“Up the hill, narrow stairs, a long hose from the street to the structure. Beside that everything else went good,” Chief Bailie said.

Reck says she’s counting her blessings that her home wasn’t affected too.

“There are many trees and electrical wires that cross over my property and go to that house over there,” Reck said.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
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