Crews battle early morning fire in Altoona

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — An early morning fire brought first responders to a home on Fifth Avenue in Altoona Thursday.

Everyone inside the home managed to get out safely, but the structure was badly damaged by flames and smoke.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m., after an Altoona police officer spotted the blaze.

“Our first concern is just hoping everybody’s out. And that was really great that an APD officer came across it… Because then we can concentrate just on putting the fire out,” said James Reed, Assistant Chief of the Altoona Fire Department.

Reed said a firefighter who suffered an arm injury while on scene was taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Clothing donations are being accepted for the family in the following sizes. They can be dropped off at 1520 20th Ave. in Altoona.

  • Girls clothing: sizes 506 and 134-16
  • Boys 2XL shirt size
  • Women’s shoe sizes 8 and 9
  • Women’s pants size 13 and 3 XL
  • Women’s shirt sizes 4XL and 5XL

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