Neighbor jumps into action when fire breaks out on North Side

PITTSBURGH — An early morning fire damaged three houses on Suismon Street on the North Side.


The fire broke out around 5:35 a.m. Thursday morning.

It was a neighbor across the street who first saw the flames and sprinted into action.

Mary Armstrong pounded on doors and screamed to alert her neighbors to get out of their homes.

“It’s 5:30 in the morning and it shakes you up,” she said. “You see these flames. I just wanted to get them out.”

Armstrong called 911.

Minutes later, the fire intensified and quickly spread next door to two homes. There was heavy smoke coming from the roofs. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.

There’s significant damage to all three homes but everyone made it out safely.

What caused this fire is still under investigation.

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