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BRADDOCK HILLS (KDKA) — Fire destroyed a home in Braddock Hills early Tuesday evening, sending the woman who lived there to the hospital.

The fire broke out around 6:10 p.m. in the 300 block of Virginia Avenue.

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Firefighters from a number of departments, including Edgewood, Swissvale, Forest Hills and North Braddock, responded to the scene. The houses in that neighborhood are well over 100-years-old.

Neighbors tell KDKA they heard cracking and popping sounds, and looked outside to see the entire façade of the two-story home engulfed in flames. They spotted the homeowner, a woman escape the burning home, standing outside.

“Crews arrived on scene, had the first and second floor well involved by the time they got here. The homeowner was outside,” said North Braddock VFD Chief Anthony Rydzak. “Slight hoarding conditions found inside, so crews had to battle around the hoarding conditions.”

The woman who lived there was able to get out safely, but she was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Officials say her three cats are missing, and the home is a total loss.

No other injuries were reported.