WHITEHALL (KDKA) — An elderly man’s Whitehall home was badly damaged in a fire Monday afternoon.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Temperatures Rise Into The 20s, More Snow On The Way Sunday
Firefighters were called to Child Drive just after 5 p.m.
Elmer Matto, 93, has lived at his home on Child Drive for more than 60 years. He says when he returned home from a long drive Monday night, he noticed something was wrong with his engine. He says smoke and flames were coming through the cracks of the roof of his 1991 Pontiac.READ MORE: Staying Prepared: With Frigid Temperatures And More Snow On The Way, Stores Stocked Up
The flames eventually spread to the garage, the first floor of his house, the attic and the roof. Matto was able to escape his home safely with his dog Shelby.
“By the time the fire department got here, it had developed pretty good. I wondered through the years what would happen to anybody, I didn’t think it would happen to me though,” said Matto.MORE NEWS: Study Finds Pennsylvanians Love Their Peach Pie
Whitehall Fire Chief Eric Harris says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Harris says the house is badly damaged.