UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — Five people were seriously injured after a fire ravaged a Delaware County home less than a week from Christmas. Two of the victims even jumped out of windows to escape the inferno at the Upper Darby home.
Crews responded to reports of the fire at the home on North Carol Boulevard, near West Chester Pike, just before 1 a.m. with reports of entrapment. Three people were found in the home unresponsive and had to be pulled out.
“It’s Christmas here and we have a family of five sitting in a hospital that probably won’t be home for Christmas possibly, so my prayers go out to them,” said Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie.
A fourth person inside escaped flames by jumping out of a second-story window. A fifth person climbed out of an attic window as smoke and flames ripped through the home.
Neighbors watched the fire in terror.
“When she finally jumped, I was on the other side. I heard her hit my car, then hit the ground. The sound that came out of her mouth afterwards was something I don’t ever want to hear again. It was just a horrible incident,” said Tracey Brown.
Neighbors say a family of five adults live in the home and are very kind people. Friends hope they’re all able to recover.
“I just can’t believe that’s my neighbors, that their house got burned. I hope they’re fine,” said Eivina Silderio.
All five victims were taken to a local hospital. Their conditions are not known.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the blaze, but believe it started somewhere on the first floor.