SOUTH FORKPa. – Firefighters rescued two animals from a burning house in the South Fork on Tuesday, but other animals perished in the smoke and flames, firefighters said.
“The initial report was of four animals being trapped in the house,” said Mark Wadsworth, South Fork Fire Deputy Chief and Incident Commander. “We were able to get one of the cats out and we were able to get a dog out. He is still alive. Doctors are working there now. … We found animals in the house that did not survive.
South Fork Police Chief Donald Wyar was taken to hospital with a wrist injury he sustained while trying to enter the residence before firefighters arrived, Wadsworth said .
The fire started at 1:31 p.m. in the 400 block of Wilbur Street. Wadsworth said the owner left the house for a few minutes.
“Neighbors called him and said his house was on fire,” Wadsworth said, “He came back and said he found fire in the kitchen.”
Firefighters are looking for what started the fire.
Firefighters from South Fork, Summerhill, St. Michael and Portage were at the scene of the blaze, along with Forest Hills and Portage EMS.
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