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87-Year-Old Woman Killed in Fast-Moving Munhall Fire

By ERIC RASMUSSEN, Senior Correspondent | May 27, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 052720112

Munhall, PA – At 12:54 P.M. on May 27th, fire units were dispatched to the 1200 block of Ravine Street for a report of flames coming from a home.

Police arrived on-scene first with smoke showing and attempted to enter the home to search for any possible residents, but were unable to make it past the front room due to heat and smoke.

Fire units quickly arrived and 204 Chief advised dispatch that it was assumed entrapment due to a car in the driveway. Crews made entry into the home to conduct a search and found high heat and heavy smoke. 204 Lieutenant soon found a victim and requested EMS to report to the 'Charlie' side of the structure.

Soon after the victim was removed, the front of the home flashed and command requested all units evacuate the home. Once crews were out, a defensive attack was set up until the bulk of the fire was knocked down. Crews re-entered the home and continued to chase fire throughout the home before it was finally brought under control over an hour later.

The victim, an 87-year-old woman, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. One other firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion. The fire is now under investigation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.