OAKMONT (KDKA) – An off-duty volunteer firefighter jumped into action when a fire broke out at his neighbor’s house in Oakmont Wednesday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started at a home in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue around 9:55 a.m.
The off-duty firefighter smelled smoke and used a garden hose to fight the fire until others arrived.
“One of my firefighters, who’s actually a neighbor here next door, he smelled the smoke in his house, came out, got his garden hose and actually made a good initial knock on the fire,” Oakmont Fire Chief David Carroll said.
“He had the garden hose from our house and he ran it down through the yard and broke open the front door, after he started getting the front porch put out,” Skye Lezark said.
Nathan Karpinski was inside the home when the fire started. He was able to get out safely and called 911, but then ran back into the home and rescued his sister’s dog.
“My eyes started burning instantly, watering, I was choking on the smoke as soon as I went back into the house, but I knew I had to get the dog out,” Karpinski said.
The fire started on the first floor and spread to the front porch and part of the second floor.
The cause is unknown, but the Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating.
There are no reported injuries.