Hermitage man in hospital after house fire; 4 others make it out safe

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time

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HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – One man was sent to the hospital after a fire broke out in a Hermitage home early Saturday morning.

The fire occurred at South Neshannock Road at 12:26 a.m. According to Mercer County Dispatch, the scene was cleared by 3:41 a.m.

The unidentified victim was flown to the hospital by Stat Medevac for burn-related injuries. His condition is unknown as of Saturday.

Initial reports stated that a woman was trapped in the house. According to a press release from the Hermitage Fire Marshal John Flynn, there were five adults and a dog in the home when it caught fire, and everyone was outside when firefighters arrived.

Dispatchers were told that the fire started in the basement. The homeowner initially tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose but was driven from the basement because of the heat and smoke. When the Hermitage Fire Department arrived, they contained the fire to the basement.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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