Share This Page

Firefighters pull man from burning home in Homewood

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 4:26 p.m.
Pittsburgh firefighters wrap up the scene of a fire along Frankstown Road in Homewood on Thursday, November 8, 2012. An elderly black man was rescued from the second-floor apartment. Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh firefighters rescued a man from the second floor of a burning duplex in Homewood on Thursday.

Firefighters responded to a report of heavy black smoke from the Frankstown Avenue home about 1:35 p.m., Battalion Chief Tim Kopicko said. When firefighters arrived, one group tried to go through the dead-bolted door on the first floor while another used a ladder to attack the fire on the second floor, he said.

Inside, they found a man lying on the living room floor, Kopicko said.

“There was no report of a victim,” he said. “It was a surprise.”

Firefighters pulled the man from the building and gave him oxygen, Kopicko said. He climbed down the ladder with help from firefighters and went by ambulance to UPMC Mercy, Kopicko said. No one else was home, he said.

“He came around pretty quickly,” Kopicko said. “He's lucky.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.