Firefighter suffers burns in Jeannette blaze
A Jeannette firefighter suffered minor burns battling a Wednesday night blaze that extensively damaged a two-story home on Ellsworth Avenue in Jeannette.
Jeannette Fire Chief Vance Phillips said the rear of the wood-frame structure was fully involved in flames when initial units responded to the 11:44 p.m. call. He said the origin and cause of the fire are undetermined, but it is not considered suspicious.
According to Phillips, the house was unoccupied but was not abandoned. It had utility service and appeared to be available for rent, he said.
Phillips said firefighters entered the house to fight the flames and had them under control in less than 30 minutes. Crews doused the outside of the structure to prevent the fire from spreading about 15 feet to a neighboring occupied home, though some of the second home's siding melted.
Phillips said the injured firefighter was treated at the scene. Firefighting units from Greensburg, Penn Borough and Grandview assisted at the scene.
Jeff Himler is a reporter for the Tribune-Review. Reach him at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.