• Men alert neighbors to fatal apartment building fire in Moon Twp.


    MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - One person died after flames broke out at an apartment building in Moon Township early Saturday morning.

    The fire started about 12:30 a.m. at the Casa Blanca apartments on Moon Clinton Road, prompting two residents to do what they could to alert their neighbors.

    David Consla and another man went through the three-story building and banged on doors in hopes that everyone in the building would get out safely.

    “The one gentleman on the third floor almost didn’t get out because he was asleep, and I guess he opened up his door to the flames and had to run out,” said Consla.

    Ted Thornhill is grateful to the men.

    “They pounded until I opened the door up,” he said.

    Consla and the other man continued to go through the building until the smoke and flames became too much for them. The last door on which Consla was able to pound is where officials believe the fire started.

    “When we went upstairs, we found smoke and tried to get in the apartment. When we got the door open, we were overtaken,” said Consla.

    The identity of the person who died in the fire has not been released.

    More than a dozen people were displaced by the fire, the cause of which is under investigation.

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