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Crews respond to Penn Hills house fire

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 3:22 p.m.
Penn Hills Progress
Multiple fire crews were on the scene of a house fire on the 400 block of Coal Hollow Road on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. The blaze was reported around 1:45 p.m. All occupants were safely out of the home, and the Hampton Inn Monroeville is collecting toys and clothing for the family. PATRICK VARINE | PENN HILLS PROGRESS
Penn Hills Progress
Drivers on Coal Hollow Road were re-routed while fire crews battled the blaze. PATRICK VARINE | PENN HILLS PROGRESS
Penn Hills Progress
Fire crews battle a blaze on the 400 block of Coal Hollow Road on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. PATRICK VARINE | PENN HILLS PROGRESS
Penn Hills Progress
Smoke rises from a home on the 400 block of Coal Hollow Road as crews battle a fire on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
Penn Hills Progress

A Penn Hills mother, her two toddlers and the family dog fled their burning home Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Emergency responders arrived at the home along Coal Hollow Road minutes after someone reported the fire about 1:45 p.m. They found the first-floor of the two-story frame structure engulfed.

Bill Barr, a resident of nearby Lime Hollow Road, said he first spotted smoke from the fire while sitting on his porch.

"It was really going," Barr said. "They almost had it out, and then it went right back up again."

Police and fire personnel reported hearing explosions coming from the home as gas electrical systems ignited, authorities said.

Paramedics were evaluating the woman, in her 30s, and her children, ages 4 and 5. They did not appear to have suffered major injuries.

The fire destroyed the home and its contents. The American Red Cross is helping the family.

Several area fire departments responded to the call.

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