Blaze guts South Greensburg home, kills 2 dogs |

Blaze guts South Greensburg home, kills 2 dogs

Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media
Firefighters battle a blaze Monday evening in a two-story residence at 1640 Broad St., South Greensburg.
Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media
Firefighters battle a blaze Monday evening in a two-story residence at 1640 Broad St., South Greensburg.
Evan Sanders | Trib Total Media
Firefighters battle a blaze Monday evening in a two-story residence at 1640 Broad St., South Greensburg.

A firefighter suffered a hand injury in a fire Monday that gutted a South Greensburg house and killed two animals.

The fire at 1640 Broad St. broke out about 7 p.m.

South Greensburg fire Chief Eric Hardy said the blaze started on the back porch and quickly spread throughout the house. He said firefighters extinguished the fire in about 30 minutes.

“When we arrived, the back porch was fully involved,” Hardy said. “The inside of the house was black with smoke. It just poured throughout the house.”

Hardy said no one was home at the time of the fire, adding that “two dogs were lost, but we were able to save a cat.”

Hardy said one firefighter “sliced his hand” and was treated at the scene.

Westmoreland County records indicate the house is owned by Bernard and Susan Rodgers of Unity.

South Greensburg police Officer T.J. Anthony said their son, Marcus Rodgers, lives at the residence.

The cause of the fire is unknown, according to Hardy, and no estimate of loss was available Monday night.

Firefighters could be seen frantically trying to revive one of the two dogs on the back of a firetruck while its owners tearfully looked on.

Firefighters said they did not know the names or breeds of the animals.

The house’s occupants, who police and the fire department declined to identify, could be seen being consoled on the porch of the house next door.

Hardy said the American Red Cross was contacted for assistance.

Dona Grim, who lives two doors away from the house, said she didn’t hear anything but could smell smoke. When she went outside to investigate, she said she could see smoke coming from the house. She commended firefighters for their quick response.

“Thank goodness we have good firemen,” she said. “What would we do without them?”

Chuck Brittain is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at [email protected].

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