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New Kensington family loses everything in house fire

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
New Kensington firefighters extinguish hotspots at the scene of a house fire along Home Street in New Kensington on Thursday May 9, 2013.
PHOTO COURTESY Mercedes Schuffert
The house along Home Street in New Kensington goes up in flames on Thursday May 9, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
Angel Lynn Wilson reacts as she describes what happened when the house that she rents caught fire while she and her three children were inside. The home, located along Home Street in New Kensington, caught fire in the evening of Thursday May 9, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
New Kensington firefighters extinguish hotspots at the scene of a house fire along Home Street in New Kensington on Thursday May 9, 2013.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Disp
A New Kensington firefighter surveys the scene of a house fire along Home Street in New Kensington on Thursday May 9, 2013.

A New Kensington woman and two of her children escaped unharmed in a quick-moving house fire on Thursday evening that destroyed their residence.

The two-story, wood-frame house, at 318 Home St., was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived, according to Bruce Davis, assistant chief for New Kensington No. 2 Fire Department. The fire call came in about 6 p.m.

The cause of the fire was unknown Thursday evening and is under investigation, he said.

Angel Lynn Wilson said that she, her three children and boyfriend were renting the house in the Mount Vernon neighborhood.

They lost everything and don't have insurance, she said.

Wilson was home with two of her children when the fire broke out.

One of her kids reported seeing red in a bedroom, according to Wilson.

“The whole wall was on fire,” she said.

Wilson took her children to the front porch and went back in the house to get the family cat, which was on the back porch.

But as she started to move through the home, she saw that the smoke and fire were overtaking the house.

“We're talking minutes here,” she said.

Since the cat was last seen on the back porch, the family is hoping it got away safely.

Wilson is taking her children to stay with family in Freeport.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the fire victims. But the agency couldn't provide details on the needs of the family Thursday evening.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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