Fire swept through a family’s home in Elizabeth Township on Friday.
No people were home when the fire was reported at about 10:30 a.m. but firefighters did rescue three dogs from the burning building.
“We could hear them in there barking,” Greenock Volunteer Fire Co. Operations Chief Bob Greenawald said referring to the dogs, which were in pens inside the home at 108 Cascade Drive. The dogs were pulled out safely and Greenawald credited his firefighters for bringing the blaze under control quickly.
“It was a real aggressive attack. There was heavy smoke and high heat. They got in there and got the job done,” said Greenawald.
Greenawald said the fire burned heaviest in the back side of the structure.
Homeowner Mark Russell was at the fire scene watching as crews searched for hot spots inside. Russell said he, his wife, two children and father were displaced as a result of the blaze.
Russell said it was his understanding the fire started in his son’s bedroom, where he said an iPad may have been plugged into a charger.
The homeowner said he was moved by the kindness of his neighbors.
“My neighbors are so nice,” he said gesturing toward a home across the street from his, noting that neighbor offered his family the use of her home as temporary shelter. “She said we could use the house and I’m just blown away by that.”
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.
In addition to all township stations, firefighters from White Oak and Liberty responded to the incident. Elizabeth Township Area EMS was on the scene to provide heat-related medical assistance to firefighters.