Two Firefighters Suffered Back, Leg Injuries

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CRESCENT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man rescued three relatives when flames broke out at a duplex in Crescent Township early Monday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started in the 1300 block of Main Street around 2:30 a.m.

Eight fire departments responded as the fire grew to two alarms.

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Art Stiffler pulled his wife and 40-year-old son, Robert, out of a second floor bedroom, which suffered significant damage.

“I ran up there and my son was laying on the floor and my wife was leaning, too. So, my son was all burnt, his feet, his legs and everything and so I grabbed by wife and I grabbed my son and I just pulled them, we just rolled down the steps,” Stiffler said.

Stiffler’s son suffered severe burns and is now being treated at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

He also had to rescue his 90-year-old mother-in-law from the other side of the duplex.

“It was shooting out the window, it was just black smoke in the stairwell and in the house, you couldn’t take a couple breaths or you’d just pass out,” Stiffler said.

Two firefighters suffered back and leg injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stiffler said he’s lived at the home all his life. He said the building has historical significance – it’s 147 years old was the first post office in Moon Township. Over the years, it’s undergone a number of renovations.

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