Newsworking's Bill Rohr was on the scene early this morning in Whitehall Township as firefighters pulled a woman out of a burning home. Here's some of what Bill wrote on his site:
Just before 04:30, the box was transmitted for a house fire at 3308 N. Ruch Street in the Stiles section of the township sending Engines 4 (3911), 3 (3812), 13 (3811), 14 (3912), Truck 6 and Rescue 8.
Assistant Chief Kunkle (4A) reports fire on the second floor of the 2.5 story duplex with a female still inside. Engines 3 and 4 arrive and 4 stretches one hand line to the second floor. Engine 3 members go to work with the search. Moments later, firefighters carry out a female and administer CPR until the paramedics arrives from Cetronia 62.
The fire is quickly darkened down using one hand line. Truck 6 arrives and starts to ventilate by taking out the front windows. The fire was venting out of a 2nd floor rear window on arrival.
A couple and their son escaped the fire, but the wife re-entered the building to search for the family's pet cat, Fire Chief Robert Benner said.
"They came upon her almost at the same time they were starting to try to fight the fire," Benner said.
The woman, whom Benner said likely was overcome by smoke, was found lying in the second-floor hallway.
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