Crawford Avenue fire

New Castle firefighters attack a Tuesday morning blaze at a Crawford Avenue home.

A New Castle mother sustained serious burns to her extremities Tuesday morning when a fire broke out in a home on the city's East Side.

According to New Castle Fire Chief Mike Kobbe, the department received a call for a residential structure fire at 202 S. Crawford Ave. around 5:30 a.m.

When crews arrived, the entire second floor was engulfed in flames. Firefighters found the mother outside of the home with severe burns. She was accompanied by two children who she safely evacuated from the home.

The mother sustained the severe burns when she re-entered the home to look for a third child. She was unaware the child had spent the night at a grandfather's house.

She was transferred to UPMC Jameson Hospital before being flown to a burn trauma center Pittsburgh's Mercy Hospital.

Kobbe said the family's second-floor smoke detector "played a huge role in saving lives today" because the mother said she was asleep on the first floor, but she was awakened by the detector.

The fire was extinguished around 6:45 a.m.

The family is not requesting aid from the Red Cross, and the children will be staying with their grandfather.

According to Kobbe, the home is a total loss. 

The fire's cause is being investigated by the New Castle police, but Kobbe suspects it is not suspicious.

A neighboring home at 204 S. Crawford Ave. suffered exterior damage to the siding from the heat of the flames.

Fourteen firefighters from the New Castle Fire Department were on scene as well as the New Castle police. 

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