1 dead after early morning house fire in Harrisburg
A home caught fire on the 300 block on Emerald Street in Harrisburg on Saturday, and one woman was killed in the blaze.
The entire first floor of the building was on fire when firefighters reached the scene. Officials said three children escaped from the second floor. One of them was treated at Harrisburg Hospital, one at the Lehigh Valley Hospital burn unit, and the third at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
A woman’s body was found on the second floor of the home.
Several firefighters were also burned in the blaze. There was fire damage to adjacent buildings, including the building next door being set on fire.
Chad Givens said that he was visiting from Washington D.C., driving down the street with his son, when he saw the smoke and pulled over to help. He noticed a man pushing a dumpster up to the side of the house.
The two men looked up to see several children trying to escape the house.
“We saw three kids hanging out of the window on the top floor,” Givens said.
Givens climbed onto the air conditioner and started pulling the kids down. He handed the first two kids down to the other man, then the third jumped out the window. The other man caught the third child before he hit the ground.
“A miraculous catch,” Givens said.