Man suffers burns in fire; jumps from rear porch in New Kensington house fire


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New Kensington, Pa. – Firefighters in New Kensington and Lower Burrell Station #69 RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) responded to a fully involved house fire on Victoria Avenue just after 10:00 pm Sunday night.

One man was burned trying to escape the blaze and was forced to jump from the rear porch of the structure late Sunday night. That man was transported to the hospital and the extent of those burn injuries is unknown.

At the scene:
Initial dispatch radio reports indicated the house was fully involved with entrapment. It was reported a man jumped from the rear porch, injuries unknown but was conscious. AKVNEWS spoke with neighbors across the street who said 2 women and a man lived in the house.


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New Kensington firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior in swift fashion, preventing the fire from spreading to an adjacent structure. That nearby residence did sustain heavy melting damage to the vinyl siding. Heavy smoke and high winds made visibility near zero at times for firefighters. Crews were able to get a quick knockdown and subsequently laddered the second floor to gain visibility on the fire. Fire on the first and second floor appeared to be well contained, however the attic area had visible flames at 11:15 pm.

West Penn Power was on scene to cut power to the burning structure. A power worker scaled the utility pole cutting power to the burning house and in the process cut power to some residents on the street who were without heating to their homes.

The Red Cross was contacted for the displaced residents.

The fire scene is located next to a vacant lot where a massive fire destroyed a house on April 5, 2014.

AKVNEWS.COM will continue to update this story as more details are released.