ROCHESTER (KDKA) – Neighbors helped to rescue several people and pets when three homes went up in flames in Beaver County Tuesday morning.
According to emergency dispatchers, the fire started in a home in the 500-block of Case Street in Rochester around 8 a.m.READ MORE: Uncertainty Surrounds New Omicron Variant: 'We Don't Have Answers Yet'
It then spread to two neighboring homes.
“All three buildings were going good whenever we got here,” said Deputy Chief Paul Abbott, of the Rochester Fire Department.
Initial calls indicated that at least one person may be trapped. However, there were no reported injuries.
Melissa Riddle and her mother say they left five minutes before it started. They saw smoke in the sky from a convenience store nearby and rushed back to find out their home was burning.
“It was just flames everywhere,” said Riddle. “We just watched it bounce from one house to the other.”READ MORE: Shortage Of Home Health Aides Leaves Pennsylvania Families Desperate For Care
They’re thanking a neighbor who came across the street and rescued family members still inside.
“He got my daughter, and my great grandson would have died, he got them out,” said Marie Kidd.
Allan Murphy says he didn’t think about the danger, he just knew a young mother and her baby along with a man on oxygen, his wife and several pets were in trouble.
“That was my first stop was to get the baby out,” said Murphy. “We got him out, we got all the oxygen out. There was ferrets in there, we got the ferrets out, the dogs are over here at my house now.”
The Red Cross is assisting the victims and their pets.
Meanwhile, neighbors say they believe the fire may be suspicious because the buildings went up so quickly, but the State Police Fire Marshal is investigating.MORE NEWS: State Police Selling Yard Signs To Help Fund Shop With A Cop Event In Westmoreland County