Plum family of 3 left homeless by midday house fire Sunday | TribLIVE.com
Valley News Dispatch

Plum family of 3 left homeless by midday house fire Sunday

Emily Balser
959254_web1_vnd-parkviewfire01-040119
Brian Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on Pikeview Drive in Plum on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
959254_web1_vnd-parkviewfire02-040119
Brian Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on Pikeview Drive in Plum on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

A resident suffered minor burns in a fire Sunday that caused heavy damage to a house in Plum.

The homeowner, Debra Lilac, said she was at church when the fire started at her house on Pikeview Drive. Her oldest son, 23, was home at the time and her other son, 17, arrived to see smoke coming from the house.

They attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and water, but it quickly grew too big.

Both sons and the family dog were able to get out safely, but the older son was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville for minor burns to his hand.

“He had a space heater on and he had just gotten out of the shower and the room started to catch fire,” she said.

Jeff Currie, assistant chief with the Unity Fire Department, said crews arrived around 12:20 p.m. They were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes after struggling initially to make entry into the home.

Currie said the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. He couldn’t speculate on whether the space heater was the cause.

The chief said the second floor had heavy smoke and fire damage and the first floor had water damage.

He said two firefighters had to be evaluated at the scene, but were fine.

Lilac has lived in the home for about 25 years. She said she was just glad everyone got out safely.

She said she has insurance and will stay with friends and family in the meantime.

“It’ll all work out,” she said. “I’m just thankful, very thankful, he came home when he did and everybody’s OK.”

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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.