By Brenda Waters

MARSHALL-SHADELAND (KDKA)- Firefighters rushed to a home in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood early Friday morning.

The fire inside the home started just after 4:30 a.m. along Frederick Street, near Dickson Street.

Initial reports indicated a woman and her dog were trapped inside the burning home. The homeowner, Rose Hardy, says she was sleeping when she heard neighbors pounding on her door.

KDKA’s Brenda Waters asked Hardy if she knew where the fire started.

“In the shed,” said Hardy. “There’s nothing electrical in the shed, so it seems like somebody started it on purpose. Who would do this too my house?”

Hardy said her pit bull bit one of the rescuers, but that man is expected to be okay.

Hardy was not hurt.

The house is located on a narrow street, making the battle quite challenging for firefighters. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down and start cleaning up by 6 a.m.

Officials are looking into the cause.

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