3 injured, 1 critically in Forward Township house fire

Multiple crews from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties were called to Forward Township for a house fire along Hutchinson Road just after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Police at the scene say an elderly couple and their daughter were inside when the fire broke out. The family tried to get the elderly woman out of the house but were unable to do so until firefighters arrived.

Smoke billowed out of a gaping hole in the roof as flames tore through it.

Police told Channel 11 the woman’s husband and daughter were hurt while trying to get her out. All three family members were taken to a nearby hospital as crews continued to fight the flames.

The woman was in critical condition at last check.

“It was very difficult for us to get inside, to try to get to the roof,” said First Assistant Chief Jeffrey Bylicki of the Forward Township Volunteer Fire Department. “A couple of times, we had to pull out because we were afraid the roof was going to collapse inside.”

“Since we don’t know the layout of the house, we first ask, ‘Where is she about? Where at?’ They told us she was in the back,” Bylicki said.

Neighbors tell Channel 11 couple lived in this home for at least 50 years.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is working to figure out what caused the fire.

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