One man living on the second story of a four-unit apartment building in the 1300 block of East Lake Road was transported to UPMC Hamot and then airlifted to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of severe burns on about 20 percent of his body, according to fire officials.
This after a fire breaks out in his living room, according to Erie Fire Department Inspector Mark Polanski, happening around 8 Saturday morning.
Polanski says firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading quickly.
Polanski says, “It didn’t get real far because the firefighters weren’t too far away from this location, were able to knock it down very quickly. So the fire was pretty much generalized to a smaller area.”
One renter who lives in the building says he woke up to the fire trucks and ambulance, but didn’t know it is was that close.
Ron Schneider says, “Just the fire trucks come out. Neighbor woke me up to come downstairs. They took tommy out and he had an electrical fire.”
Polanski says the preliminary investigation shows the fire may have started from a mid-range extension cord plugged into a window air conditioning unit.
Polanski says, “It appears there was a fire electrical in nature, which is still under investigation.”
Schneider saying he just hopes his fellow resident will be ok.
Schneider says, “Good friends. Hopefully he’ll be alright. We’re trying to get ahold of his family.”
Again the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The condition of the man taken to Pittsburgh is unknown at this time.