Mother, 2 children escape burning Kiski Township home
A mother and her two children escaped a burning house Monday afternoon in Kiski Township, but the building was heavily damaged in a fire that took firefighters more than two hours to get under control.
By then, a large section of the house’s roof had collapsed.
The fire in the 100 block of McKinstry Hill Road was reported just before 1 p.m. The house was engulfed when firefighters and police arrived on scene, said Kiski police Chief Jerrod Thompson.
Thompson said the woman and her two children, believed to be a teenager and an elementary school-aged child, escaped without injury.
Firefighters and a neighbor rescued at least five dogs and took them into a tent set up on the street in front of the house, where they put oxygen masks on the animals, gave them water and wrapped them in blankets.
As of 3 p.m., cats and a rabbit believed to have been inside remained unaccounted for, Thompson said.
Kiski Township Fire Department Chief Rich Frain said the was accidental and started in a mattress in an upstairs bedroom.
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