• 2 firefighters injured battling 4-alarm blaze in Dormont


    DORMONT, Pa. - Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm blaze Thursday morning in Dormont.

    Dormont Mayor Phil Ross said the first calls for the fire in the 2800 block of Crosby Avenue came in about 10:20 a.m. The response escalated to four alarms by 11:30 a.m.

    No one was home at the time, so a neighbor who was walking by and saw smoke called 911. Within minutes crews were at the scene.

    “Luckily no one was inside, no pets,” Ross said. “Unfortunately, two firemen were injured and hopefully they'll be OK.”

    Ross said the two Mt. Lebanon firefighters fell through a hole in the first floor of the house, which was being remodeled.

    “While they were inside fighting the fire, they apparently stepped through the hole and fell through the floor,” he said.

    He said one firefighter had an injury to the ribs. He described the other injury as minor but didn't have details. The firefighters were taken to UPMC Mercy in Uptown for treatment. Ross said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

    “We knew something had gone bad and we needed to get out of the structure,” Assistant Dormont fire Chief Bryan Taylor said.

    Dispatchers from 911 spoke to the homeowner, who said his family had lived in the home for 16 years. The homeowner said he lost everything in the blaze.

    “We were at the gym and I got a text that said the house was on fire. I feel awful for them,” neighbor Sami Zych said

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

    Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.

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