By Brenda Waters


WEST DEER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — One man was burned in an early Wednesday morning house fire in West Deer Township.

Fire crews got the call around 1:30 a.m. of a fire alarm at a home on Wagon Wheel Lane with the report of a possible person trapped inside.

It took firefighters nearly two hours to get the flames under control after being alerted by an automatic alarm inside the house.

“Every window had fire coming from it, it was fully engulfed,” said West Deer Fire Chief Josh Wiegand.

Through the smoke, only the chimney stood in place. The rest of what was once a three-story frame house was destroyed by the fire.

“We did have some minor water issues.  We had to use tankers because this area does not have fire hydrants,” Chief Wiegand said.

In addition to the house, several trees and a pickup truck in the front yard were burned. The flames were fast moving and firefighters were told a man was trapped inside.

“The police arrived first and reported the structure to be fully involved and we found the person had jumped out the second floor window in the back of the building,” Chief Wiegand said.

According to the chief, three people were inside the house – the victim, his son and a nephew. They got out and assumed the victim was behind them, but he had gone back inside to get the dog.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. There is no word on what happened to the dog.

Meanwhile, the Allegheny County fire marshal is trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate the cause.

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