WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — A 2-year-old girl was killed early Monday morning when a mobile home in Westmoreland County caught fire.
Officials tell KDKA that the girl died in her bedroom and that three other people were able to safely get out of the home.
This sweet girl so full of life died in a mobile home fire in Mt. Pleasant Twp., Westmoreland Co. early this morning. Her father talked to us. Hear what he had to say on @KDKA pic.twitter.com/gaAaIbNlLN
— Lindsay Ward (@LindsayWardTV) November 2, 2020
The fire was reported around 4 a.m. along Beacon Road, near Route 31, in Mt. Pleasant Township.
Cellphone video caught footage of the thick, black smoke and flames as it consumed the home.
“So I called 911, came running out here and I noticed the trailer was on fire,” neighbor Keri Specht said.
Four people were inside at the time.
Johnny Olson, his wife and their two children. All were able to escape the flames except their sweet, full-of-life daughter, Charli Lynn Marie Olson.
“It was too late,” said Charli’s father. “I broke a window, tried climbing through, trying to get her, and I couldn’t. I actually fell off the front of the house because I couldn’t breathe.”
Neighbors say it was heartbreaking to watch the flames spread.
“The mom was screaming and there was nothing to do. We were waiting for the fire trucks to come. It was just sad. Devastating,” Specht said.
Johnny Olson says he believes his wood-burning stove is to blame. It’s the first time they’ve used it this season.
“I had a low-burn in there last night, to the point it was just a bed of coals and a log, and it caught,” he said.
The family is leaning on each other and the community for help. The Westmoreland County Disaster Action Team from the Red Cross arrived at the scene to provide resources and assistance as well.
An official cause from the fire marshal has yet to be released.
A GoFundMe page has been started for the family. You can contribute to their needs at this link.