Pa. firefighter-medic responds to own house fire

His wife, children and dog got out of the house safely; most of the damage occurred on the exterior of the house


Tribune Review

JEANNETTE, Pa. — A state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a house fire late Tuesday on Scott Avenue in Jeannette.

Homeowner Scott Cline said he was at work as an EMT firefighter in Jeannette when the call for a fire at his home came across the radio.

County 911 dispatchers said the initial call came in at 11:32 p.m.

“I couldn't get across town fast enough,” Cline said.

He said his wife, children and dog got out of the house safely.

Most of the damage occurred on the exterior of the two-story home with blue siding but there is smoke and water damage inside, Cline said.

Fire officials did not respond to calls seeking comment Wednesday morning.

Dispatchers said the scene was cleared around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Cline said his family has owned the home at 524 Scott Ave. for eight years.

One of Cline's coworkers at Jeannette EMS Inc. established a fundraising page Wednesday to help the family meet their insurance deductible and replace belongings lost in the blaze. The page has a goal of raising $2,000.

In the first four hours, six donors had contributed $265.

Those interested in donating can do so online at gofundme.com/GSUT3W.

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