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FF hospitalized after 5 rescued from roof of burning Pa. home

Police officers — including some who were off-duty — assisted the Whitehall Township Bureau of Fire


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Stephanie Sigafoos
The Morning Call

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Five people were rescued from the roof of a burning Whitehall Township home Wednesday night, township fire chief David Nelson said.

The fire broke out just before 10 p.m. in the 3200 block of South Third Street, and a second alarm was struck as flames shot through the front of the home.

Nelson said the occupants had vacated the home and were on the roof when firefighters arrived. Deputy Chief Francis Bilder and Whitehall police officers, including several off-duty officers, assisted with the rescue.

One of the occupants had burns to his hands and was treated at the scene, Nelson said. One firefighter was transported by EMS for heat-related issues and remained hospitalized Thursday morning.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The American Red Cross said it provided the two adults and three children from the home with resources for immediate assistance as well as comfort kits and blankets.


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