2 firefighters hurt fighting New Kensington house fire

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - Two firefighters were hurt battling a house fire in New Kensington early Wednesday morning.

Investigators said the fire began in one home on Victoria Avenue around 4:30 a.m. and quickly spread to a neighboring home.

One man had to jump from a window to safety.

“He was in the alley. He had jumped from the structure. As to where from? I don’t know. They transported him to Allegheny General Hospital,” New Kensington assistant fire chief Ed Saliba said.

One New Kensington firefighter and one Arnold firefighter suffered injuries when a wall to the second burning home collapsed.

“The firefighter from Arnold suffered a shoulder injury when a wall came down on him. He pushed the firefighter out of the way. They are OK and doing well,” Saliba said.

Saliba said an officer was first on scene and ran into the burning home to make sure everyone got out safely. A family of four children and two adults all made it out safely.

So far, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.