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Multiple homes burn in Braddock

| Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, 11:33 a.m.

A police officer pulled a man to safety and three others escaped a multi-home fire in North Braddock Tuesday, officials said.

Crews responded to two rowhouses on Oakland Avenue just after 10:30 a.m., according to an emergency dispatcher.

North Braddock Patrolman Isaac Daniele was first on the scene and said he found the first home fully engulfed in flames and thick black smoke rising into the sky. On the porch was a man on his hands and knees, choking and coughing.

“I drug him off the porch -- he was a little reluctant and wanted to go back inside,” Daniele said. “I don't even think he realized his house was on fire.”

The man was treated for smoke inhalation. Three others, including an infant, escaped one of the homes unharmed.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

WPXI contributed.

Firefighters battled a fire at multiple homes in North Braddock on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Firefighters battled a fire at multiple homes in North Braddock on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
Firefighters battled a fire at multiple homes in North Braddock on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Firefighters battled a fire at multiple homes in North Braddock on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
Firefighters battle a two-house, multi-alarm fire Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 in the 300-block of Oakland Avenue in North Braddock.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Firefighters battle a two-house, multi-alarm fire Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 in the 300-block of Oakland Avenue in North Braddock.
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