West 6th Fire Intentionally Set

- August 22, 2014

We now know the fire that tore through a West 6th Street apartment building early this morning leaving nine people displaced, was set intentionally. Emergency crews rushed to saved nine people from the burning structure. Now, Erie’s Chief Fire Inspector Guy Santone says the fire was incendiary.

The first call came in around four Friday morning. The house is located at 453 West 6th Street. Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers says police were investigating a domestic dispute at the address. When the first Erie police officer arrived, she and a Gannon police officer jointly discovered the house was on fire. Heavy smoke and flames were taking over the first floor of the building.

Erie police attempted to gain entry into the house to rescue a woman trapped upstairs, but the smoke and flames prevented them from getting to her. An EmergyCare first responder was able to get the woman out. Some of the people were rescued from the roof of the structure.

Out of the 9 people, 6 were transported to UPMC Hamot. Two were then taken to Pittsburgh.

Multiple firefighters and police officers were also evaluated and released from the hospital.

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