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On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at about 1:45 pm, Paramedic Ambulance 838 had delivered a patient to the hospital and was returning to the Chapel Oaks Fire/EMS Station. They were at the intersection of Martin Luther King Highway and Addsion Road when the crew saw a column of smoke. Not hearing any incidents dispatched over their radio they proceed to follow the smoke into a residential community. The ambulance turned onto 63rd Street off of Field Street in Seat Pleasant and saw a single family home with fire showing and a group of people in the front yard.
The crew quickly determined that these were the home occupants, an adult female, her 1 year old son and 3 teenagers had escaped the fire by jumping from a second floor window in the rear of the house. The fire appears to have started in the living room located in the front of the house. The fire blocked the 1st choice of exit, front door, for the occupants.
PA 838 radioed in the incident while trying to prevent the homeowner from going back inside the house to gather personal belongings.
Firefighters arrived quickly and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes of arrival. The house is located in the 600 block of 63rd Street in Seat Pleasant.
The adult female sustained a burn injury to her face, smoke inhalation and an injured ankle and was transported to a Burn Unit. Her 1 year old son was taken to a hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation. The 3 teenagers were not injured. No firefighters injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation with fire loss estimated at $60,000.