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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say an early morning fire at a house in western Pennsylvania claimed the life of a child and sent another child and two adults to hospitals.
Johnstown fire crews arrived at the blaze in the Moxham section of town shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday and found flames billowing from the back of the house’s roof, the fire chief said from town to (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat. The Cambria County coroner said one person escaped before firefighters arrived, but three people, an adult and two children, were still trapped inside.
Firefighters found the two children on the second floor and took them out, but one did not survive. The second child was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh with what Chief Bob Statler said were severe burns. Two adults were also taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and burns.
Statler said crews were able to contain the flames on the second floor and attic and quickly put them out once the occupants were evacuated, but he said rescue workers never wanted to lose anyone in a blaze – let alone a child.
“It is a very difficult period for these first responders facing the death of a child”, he said. A photographer for the Tribune-Démocrate reported seeing a firefighter kneeling with his head tilted at the scene.
Across the street, Tiffany Herbert said she was praying for the family.
“You just have to lose your house, but also to lose a child” Herbert, 20, said. “They’ve been through so much. I pray that the others will come out of this.
A state police fire marshal tries to determine the origin and cause of the fire.