DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Westmoreland County man is lucky to be alive after he awoke on Wednesday morning because his home was on fire.
The fire inside John Dailey’s trailer on Wood Street in Derry Township started around 11 a.m., and crews were fighting the flames within minutes.
Firefighters said Dailey was lucky to be alive, considering he was sound asleep when the fire started.
“I think it was the heat,” Dailey said of what woke him. “I’m not used to being that warm this time of year. I was in and out of sleep and thought, ‘Why is the furnace running?’ I opened my eyes and I saw flames everywhere, and that was my cue to evacuate.”
Dailey had to jump over a burning couch and crawl on his hands and knees to the door.
He thought he was safe once he reached the porch, but the furniture there was on fire, and so was he.
He had to tear off his shirt and run from the flames.
“Usually on the trailers, the older ones, they burn down fast, they are tough to put out,” said Chief Mark Piantine of the Brandeville Volunteer Fire Department.
It took four companies to get the blaze under control, and when they did, not much was left of Dailey’s home.
“I lost about $8,000 worth of electronics,” Dailey said.
Dailey was treated for smoke inhalation and burns.
The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.