Fire rips through home in West View

WEST VIEW, Pa. — A fire ripped through a home along Highland Avenue Wednesday night in West View.

“The flames were coming out almost to the telephone pole. I mean, they shot out,” said neighbor Joan Kryl.

The West View fire chief said the fire started on the second floor. Police had to help the homeowner get out safely after breathing in smoke. The homeowner was taken to the hospital.

“There were fire trucks up and down as long as you can see, talk about remarkable people coming to help,” said Kryl.

Four firefighters had minor injuries. Two of them had to go to the hospital but are back home.

The flames also spread to the house next door, destroying its attic space. Dianne Romo said that’s where her office was located, along with some of her family memorabilia.

“My pictures of my family, my grandfather’s military uniform was up there and that’s gone,” said Romo.

She has been temporarily displaced. She said the fire was a scary situation.

“I jumped out of the shower, just threw something on and when I got out, I could see there’s a window that goes through to the next house, and I saw the flames already coming at me,” said Romo.

Right now, a county fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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