Woman, child rescued from roof in Harrisburg fire

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A mother and daughter are safe after fire crews rescued them from the roof of a burning home in the city Tuesday morning.

The three-alarm fire started just before 4:15 a.m. at 2013 N. Second St.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline says the back of the home was completely engulfed in flames when the mother and her child climbed out of a window.

“They had two residents, a woman and her child, standing on the second-floor roof,” Enterline said. “It appears they had jumped from the third floor to the second-floor roof. Our crews quickly set up a ladder and got those folks rescued and got them off to Harrisburg Hospital for treatment, where I’m told they’re doing fine.”

Mike Johnson lives on North Second Street. His dog’s barking woke him up.

“I was evacuating with my dog. He got me up to see what was going on. I walked out and saw the fire trucks were out here, and the flames were coming out of the roof and out of the windows,” Johnson said.

Enterline says the home where the fire started is most likely a total loss. Two other homes also have some damage.

“The way this fire had grown in such intensity just in the amount of time until we got here leads me to believe at this point that there were probably no working smoke alarms in the house,” Enterline said.

Everyone made it out of their homes safely. The Red Cross is assisting the mother and daughter.

Several blocks of North Second Street were shut down for about four hours.

The fire marshal is investigating this fire, and the cause is still unknown.


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