4 families escape apartment fire in West Mifflin



WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - Four families escaped an apartment fire in West Mifflin Wednesday night.

“My wife and I were eating dinner, and we’re sitting on the couch and smelled something funny.  We saw smoke coming out underneath our table,” said Eric Kimak, who lives in the apartment on McGowan Avenue.

Kimak and his wife wasted no time.  They grabbed their children and made their way to the first floor.

“My wife ran downstairs to get her mother-in-law and everybody out of the building while the neighbor and I started checking everything.  We got the fire extinguisher,” said Kimak.

Four families stood in the cold as firefighters checked for hotspots in their apartment building.  A good deal of the fire was out when they arrived, Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan reported.

“We have an 18-month-old baby, and he’s sick.  He just went to see the doctor today.  My wife was in a panic to get everybody out,” said Kimak.

A building inspector will visit the building Thursday morning. 

Residents are hoping to be back in their apartments soon.  For now, the American Red Cross is assisting the families.