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Man injured in 2-alarm house fire in McKeesport

Michael DiVittorio
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Michael DiVittorio | Trib Total Media
Flames and smoke pour from a home at 3900 Anderson St. in McKeesport on Friday night.

A man was rescued from a McKeesport home Friday night as flames and smoke poured from it.

McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik could not confirm if the man taken from 3900 Anderson St. was the property owner, but he was the only person reported injured in the two-alarm blaze at the one-story structure.

The man was transported to a local hospital by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service. His condition was not immediately available.

Tomovcsik said firefighters responded to the call at 9:53 p.m.

Firefighters from White Oak, West Mifflin and Glassport arrived on the scene as well. Dravosburg firefighters were on standby, as were backups from White Oak.

Eric Popp lives along Desota Street, behind the house that caught fire in the neighborhood just north of McKeesport Area High School.

Popp said he heard about the blaze while listening to a scanner, and saw the smoke when he exited his house.

“It was in the early stages of it,” Popp said. “I came up on the neighbor's porch.”

Popp said he and another neighbor were knocking on the man's doors and yelling that his house was on fire until police and firefighters arrived.

Tomovcisk said the first crew of firefighters arrived within three minutes of the call and encountered “heavy fire conditions.”

Firefighters were able to make entry and remove the man.

Tomovcsik said crews took a defensive approach in fighting the blaze. Firefighters were seen knocking down gutters, siding and other portions of the house to reach hot spots. McKeesport firefighters used ladders on the front of the house.

Tomovcisk said the house is a total loss and the cause of the fire will be determined by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal.

Dan Vranesevic lives next door at 3902 Anderson St. with his wife, daughter and two cats. He said the man moved into the area less than a year ago.

“I always feared something like this 'cause we live so close,” Vranesevic said. “I just hope that that guy's OK.”

Vranesevic said police and firefighters were “at the top of their game,” and his home was not affected by the fire.

Salvation Army Disaster Services provided refreshments to first responders. McKeesport police were on the scene as well.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or [email protected].

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