• Couple, child escape burning home in Coraopolis


    CORAOPOLIS, Pa. - A couple and a child escaped a burning home in Coraopolis Monday morning.

    Ashley Robinson told Channel 11’s Lori Houy that her boyfriend woke up around 4 a.m. to turn the heat down and realized the Fifth Avenue duplex was on fire.

    “He said he woke up because his legs were hot, and he thought it was the heat. He then jumped over the coffee table and the walls were in flames,” Robinson said.

    The man sprinted upstairs, grabbed Robinson and her 4-year-old daughter and they escaped the home. They also managed to help get one of their two dogs out.

    “Thank God he was on the floor sleeping. He saved their lives,” Robinson’s mother, Sandy Robinson, said about her daughter’s boyfriend.

    It took firefighters a couple of hours to get the flames under control, and the cause remains under investigation.

    “Upon arrival, flames were coming out of all the windows and doors,” Coraopolis fire Chief Larry Byrge said. “There were collapses in the building and it’s burned out.”

    Ashley Robinson said they don’t have renter’s insurance and likely lost everything in the blaze. However, she said she’s thankful they escaped with their lives.

    “We’ll get back on our feet. It’s not going to hold us back. Everything is replaceable,” Ashley Robinson said.

    Ashley Robinson’s boyfriend was taken to an area hospital with burns on his feet and smoke inhalation.


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