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Strangers rescue woman from burning Westmoreland County fire



WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - Strangers who saw smoke and flames from a mobile home in Westmoreland County quickly jumped into action to save a woman.

The fire was reported at a home on Main Street in Youngstown just before 2 a.m.

Rick Garris said he and his girlfriend were passing by when they noticed the fire. Garris said he didn’t think twice and jumped out of his car to see if he could help. Turns out, a woman was inside trying to get her dog and cat out of the flames.

Garris said he got the woman out of the burning home and stopped her from going back in to rescue her pets.

“I went in the door and it was too smoky. I saw a big flame coming out of the roof so I told her to get out of there as soon as possible. So I got her out as quick as possible,” Garris said.

No injuries were reported and it was not immediately known of the pets made it out alive.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.