NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — Three people were taken to the hospital after a fire at Parnassus Manor in Westmoreland County. Two of those people are being treated for smoke inhalation.
According to emergency dispatchers, the fire broke out Parnassus Manor on Main Street in New Kensington after 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 47.8% Of Pennsylvanians Age 18 Or Above Fully Vaccinated, 2,210 New Coronavirus Cases
A fire was reported on the second floor of the complex. When crews arrived, there was a fully-involved fire on an apartment on the second floor.
“The firemen were trying to get everybody out the building. It was just crazy madness,” said resident Melissa White.
KDKA was told the person who lives in that apartment was in the facility at the time but not in the apartment. The fire was contained to that apartment, though there is some smoke damage on the second floor. Crews contained the fire in about 30 minutes.READ MORE: Pa. State Police Ask For Help Locating Runaway Teen Angel Komlosky
#BREAKING: Three people were taken to the hospital, around 70 evacuated at the Parnassus Manor retirement home in New Kensington this afternoon. Fire chief says fire was contained to one apartment, but others have smoke damage. pic.twitter.com/topl4C35AQ
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Around 70 residents were evacuated from the building. Officials say smoke damage will keep 16 people from staying at the building on Wednesday night.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Has Seen Over 100,000 Total Coronavirus Cases Since Pandemic's Start
“It could have been a lot worse. I can’t say enough good about our volunteer firefighters how fast and hard they worked,” said New Kensington Fire Department Chief Ed Saliba Jr.