By Lisa Washington


PENN HILLS (KDKA) — Fire raged out of control at a home in Penn Hills Monday night.

Firefighters were first called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Ford Avenue. It was reported that two people were trapped inside the home.

When crews arrived, both people were safely outside and heavy flames were coming from the roof of the house.

“The flames were first coming out of the left side of the house and then after a while, it started coming out of the roof of the right side,” Gary Stile, a neighbor, said. “We had to move our cars, they had to get the aerial to start getting the roof.”

Penn Hills Fire Marshal Chuck Miller said crews had to deal with a hoarding situation inside.

“The fire was pretty extensive throughout the house. Then, there’s some hoarding situation on the second floor that they had to contend with,” said Miller. “When you get materials like that burning, it’s dense, so you can’t really get to the root of the fire. You have to dig through it, let it burn, to actually get to where it’s at. It’s a lot of hard work to dig through that stuff.”

No injuries were reported.

The fire marshal is looking into the cause.

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