SOUTH SIDE SLOPES (KDKA) – A firefighter was hurt while responding to a fire at a duplex in the South Side Slopes overnight.

Two elderly women who neighbors say are in their 90s, managed to escape.

The fire broke out around 12:15 a.m. at 2510 Mission Street. The fire quickly spread to 2512 next door.

When fire crews got to the scene, they say the woman that lives in 2510 had already evacuated. Her sister lives in 2512.

“We proceeded to go into her house and escort her out for precaution,” Fourth District Battalion Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Gary Walz said.

A neighbor says a woman who lives across the street from the duplex heard the glass break and ran over to the home to see if the women were okay. She then called 911.

The sisters were checked out by paramedics and are staying with a relative.

Firefighters were able to quickly bring 2510 under control and contained the fire to the living room.

“The fire was coming out the front door. It traveled along the awning covering the front doors of both structures. It’s an attached duplex so it traveled along the ridge of the awning. Very minimal damage,” Walz said.

Decorations on the door of the other home caught fire.

During the fight, one firefighter injured his shoulder. He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Firefighters said the fire could have been much worse, but it mainly stayed contained to the living room because of one thing.

“The female had the door from the first floor to the second floor closed,” Walz said.

KDKA’s Amy Wadas reached out to the family, but they didn’t want to comment at this time.

The fire is under investigation.

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