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Connellsville Township fire sends 1 to Pittsburgh hospital

| Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, 1:43 p.m.
An unidentified man was transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after fire ripped through this home at 544 E. Crawford Ave. in Connellsville Township approximately 2 a.m. Monday. Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier --- Monday, December 17, 2012

A fire on Monday in Connellsville Township sent one man to a Pittsburgh hospital and took the life of a family pet.

First responders received the call for the structure fire at 2 a.m. Monday at 544 E. Crawford Ave.

It was reported someone was trapped inside.

Upon arrival, first responders learned a truck driver passing by had pulled a man from the house as they arrived on the scene.

The name of the victim was unavailable.

“Whoever that truck driver was, God bless him,” said Rob Leiberger, assistant fire chief with Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department. “He did a good job.”

Leiberger said the unidentified man appeared to be in his 60s. He was taken by helicopter to UPMC Mercy for treatment for smoke and heat inhalation.

Leiberger said one dog died in the fire, but another dog survived.

The woman who lived at the residence was not home at the time of the fire.

“The house sustained pretty significant damage,” Leiberger said. Firefighters encountered heavy fire in the rear of the house.

A fire marshal from the state police barracks at Uniontown will investigate the fire.

Leiberger said firefighters had an issue with a fire hydrant but that didn't hinder their efforts. The water company was called to check out the hydrant.

Traffic was detoured from the area for about three hours. Crews left the scene around 5:30 a.m.

No firefighters were injured.

Along with Connellsville Township, fire departments from South Connellsville, New Haven Hose Co., Bullskin and Scottdale responded to the scene along with Fayette EMS and state police at Uniontown.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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