PENN HILLS, Pa. - A fire inside a Penn Hills home did a lot of damage, but could have been much worse.
Investigators told Channel 11 a woman was cooking and came outside for about 20 minutes.
When she went back in, her Upland Terrace home was on fire. No one was hurt.
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"When they first, arrived the fire was encroaching on the house next door, but they were able to keep that from happening," said Chuck Miller, fire marshal for the Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department. "The fire got into the walls and traveled up to the second floor and the attic. It’s balloon frame construction, it’s an older house."
Three adults and two children live in the home. They are getting assistance from the Red Cross.
"If you’re cooking, never walk away from your stove," Miller said. "Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires."
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