2 oxygen tanks explode in Pittsburgh house fire

December 13, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fire crews say two oxygen tanks exploded at the scene of a house fire in Pittsburgh, though it wasn’t immediately clear if the tanks blew up in the fire or caused it.

Fifty-eight-year-old Tommy Romito lives nearby and saw an older man hanging out the window saying his tank had just exploded. Romito and others helped the man to safety.

That all happened shortly after 8:30 a.m., but fire crews expected to be on the scene much of the day because some of the rubble was burning beneath the ruins of the home. Fire Chief Darryl Jones says that blaze might be fed by a natural gas leak.

Crews weren’t ordering an evacuation.

The condition of the resident wasn’t immediately clear.



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