PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Everyone is accounted for, but members of several families have been forced out of their home after flames ripped through their home Saturday night.
The fire started at a house on Zephyr Street in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood.READ MORE: Lawmaker Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Privatize Liquor Stores
At first, firefighters feared someone was trapped inside.
Within minutes, the flames were swift and intense inside the home.
There was little time for the people inside to react.
“When I got to that back door, I couldn’t even open the door to see what was going on,” said Jason Jenkins who escaped from the fire. “The flames was just – spread quick. It went real quick.”READ MORE: Part II: Billions Of Dollars Of Unemployment Aid Stolen From State Likely Won't Be Recovered
The blaze broke out in a rear addition of the home. Members of three separate families live there including Jason’s cousin, who’s in a wheelchair. Neighbors snapped into action first.
“And I come outside and there was flames shooting up toward the back of the house,” said neighbor James Naughton. “The back of the tree was on fire. It had to be 60, 70 feet in the air. And then the windows started breaking out.”
No one was injured in the blaze.
The Red Cross is assisting one man displaced by the fire, the other residents have found places to stay.
No word on what caused the fire.MORE NEWS: Part I: Billions Of Dollars Of Unemployment Aid Stolen From State Likely Won't Be Recovered