Woman rescued from porch roof of home

One dog saved, another dead in blaze

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec / Multiple area volunteer fire companies respond to a house fire on Berwind Road late Wednesday morning.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Teamwork between a Geeseytown Community Volunteer firefighter and a Pennsylvania state trooper enabled the rescue of a woman from the second-floor porch roof of her burning duplex home along the 600 block of Berwind Road in Frankstown Township on Thursday morning.

When Deputy Chief Dennis Estep arrived at the scene, he said he could hear a woman yelling for help, but flames and smoke billowing out of the second floor windows obscured her from view. Using his voice, he guided her to the opposite side of the porch just as a trooper arrived and pulled his cruiser underneath the woman.

Estep said he climbed onto the hood of the cruiser and convinced the woman, who has not been identified, to jump into his arms. She was taken to the hospital. Estep wasn’t injured, he said, but the windshield of the cruiser was damaged.

Assisting Geeseytown were the Phoenix fire department from Hollidaysburg, Freedom Township, Duncansville, Lakemont and Allegheny Township departments; Williamsburg was placed on standby.

Originally, firefighters thought two children remained inside, but after an initial sweep of the home, firefighters were told they were safe and not at home. One dog was rescued, and one perished in the blaze.

The state police fire marshal office is investigating the cause of the fire.

The American Red Cross was called in to assist the two families — three adults who lived in one unit and two adults and two children who lived in the other half of the home.

Staff Writer Patt Keith is at 949-7030.