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3 injured in Wilkinsburg fire involving 5 homes

Megan Guza
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Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Lisa Wilson-Wofford, 42, places a flower at the scene of a multiple house fire along the 700 block of Pennwood Ave. in her neighborhood of Wilkinsburg on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Wilson-Wofford said she spent almost a year squatting in the house when she was homeless. 'I knew the neighbors next door, they became family,' she said. 'My heart is still beating hard.'
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Peoples Natural Gas workers look at the scene of a multiple house fire along the 700 block of Pennwood Ave. in Wilkinsburg on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Five houses were damaged and 12 people displaced due to the early-morning four-alarm fire.
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James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh firefighters clean up the scene of a four-alarm fire in the 700 block of Pennwood Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Wednesday morning April 6, 2016.
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James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh firefighters clean up the scene of a four-alarm fire in the 700 block of Pennwood Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Wednesday morning April 6, 2016.
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Firefighters approach multiple houses on fire on Pennwood Avenue in Wilkinsburg Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
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Smoke and fire billow from multiple houses on Pennwood Avenue in Wilkinsburg Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

A woman leapt from a second-story window to escape the flames and smoke of a four-alarm fire that burned through two homes and damaged three others in Wilkinsburg early Wednesday.

Three people were treated at the scene of the fire that started just before 3 a.m. on Pennwood Avenue, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Emily Schaffer.

Two homes were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Schaffer said. Crews called a fourth alarm to enlist extra manpower.

The two homes were damaged beyond repair and razed. A neighboring home on Pennwood was damaged, as were two houses on Franklin Avenue.

Residents were inside four of the five homes when the fire began, and the Red Cross is assisting 12 people displaced by the fire.

Three people were injured, including the woman who jumped from the window, Schaffer said. All were treated at the scene.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire, which was under control by about 4:30 a.m. The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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