Family of five sent to hospital after house explosion

Three children and two adults were taken to the hospital after a house explosion late Friday night. It happened along the 5000 block of Hialeah Drive in Plum just before 11:30 p.m. There were several reports of an explosion into the Allegheny County 911 center. “Upon arrival the house was fully involved, the house to the left and the house to the right were also smoking,” said Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Chief James Sims. “They were our main attack to protect those exposures. Then after we protected the exposures, we extinguished the fire of the first house.”Neighbors compared the explosion to a semi-truck crashing into the side of their home. “All of the sudden we heard a big boom and our house shook, the windows shook, the door shook, everything shook. We looked outside and we thought it was a car crash,” said Ron Jankowski, who is a nearby neighbor. “Plum had this not too long ago, like 10 or 15 years ago, another house blew up. So who knows what this could be.”The fire chief said the children and adults were outside of the home when they arrived. Four of the family members were taken to Forbes hospital, and one other family member was taken via medical helicopter to UPMC Mercy hospital. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 got in touch with extended family members who said all five of the victims have minor injuries but are expected to be OK. The family also added that the victims’ lost everything in the fire, they’ve set up a GoFundMe to help. Neighbors said the gas company and fire marshal have been around inspecting surrounding homes to ensure there is not an issue that could impact another home. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Three children and two adults were taken to the hospital after a house explosion late Friday night.

It happened along the 5000 block of Hialeah Drive in Plum just before 11:30 p.m. There were several reports of an explosion into the Allegheny County 911 center.

“Upon arrival the house was fully involved, the house to the left and the house to the right were also smoking,” said Holiday Park Volunteer Fire Chief James Sims. “They were our main attack to protect those exposures. Then after we protected the exposures, we extinguished the fire of the first house.”

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Neighbors compared the explosion to a semi-truck crashing into the side of their home.

“All of the sudden we heard a big boom and our house shook, the windows shook, the door shook, everything shook. We looked outside and we thought it was a car crash,” said Ron Jankowski, who is a nearby neighbor. “Plum had this not too long ago, like 10 or 15 years ago, another house blew up. So who knows what this could be.”

The fire chief said the children and adults were outside of the home when they arrived. Four of the family members were taken to Forbes hospital, and one other family member was taken via medical helicopter to UPMC Mercy hospital.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 got in touch with extended family members who said all five of the victims have minor injuries but are expected to be OK. The family also added that the victims’ lost everything in the fire, they’ve set up a GoFundMe to help.

Neighbors said the gas company and fire marshal have been around inspecting surrounding homes to ensure there is not an issue that could impact another home.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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