Woman, dog escape burning Penn Hills home

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PENN HILLS, Pa. - An elderly woman and her dog were able to escape a burning home in Penn Hills early Wednesday morning.

Fire officials said the first floor of the home on Merry Lane was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

“The first floor was fully engulfed. The fire was blowing out the front windows and the door,” Penn Hills Fire Chief John Capone said.

Firefighters said a woman and her dog safely escaped the flames.

Capone said firefighters faced problems extinguishing the blaze because the closest fire hydrant wasn’t on the same street.

“We knew where the house was and we knew we were going to have a water issue,” Capone said. “We instructed two more engines to assist and called in for Monroeville’s tanker.”

There is no word on what caused the blaze.