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.
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.