A man and his two young children had to escape as fire ripped through their second-floor apartment on Park Avenue this afternoon.
The unidentified man and his two children, a 3-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were able to get out of the upstairs apartment safely, Chief Patrick Wiley of the Central Fire Department said. Meadville.
The 3:49 p.m. fire started in the second-floor apartment in a bedroom in the duplex at 709 and 709 1/2 Park Ave., Wiley said.
“The kids were playing and reported a small fire to (their) dad,” Wiley said. “He then tried to extinguish himself with water from the bathtub, but it was bigger.”
The father then asked a neighbor to call Crawford County at 911 as the father and children were out, Wiley said.
The exact cause of the fire was not known this afternoon, Wiley said.
Although there were apparently no injuries or smoke inhalation for the trio, the two young children were taken to Meadville Medical Center for a preventive examination, Wiley said.
“The guys made a hell of a stop on the fire,” Wiley said, noting that fire damage was limited to the second-floor apartment. There was water and smoke damage to the first-floor apartment, he said. The only tenant in the first-floor apartment was not home at the time, Wiley said.
The American Red Cross has been contacted to help the tenants, he said.
The duplex belongs to Eric and Tracy Smith, according to Wiley said.
There were no injuries to firefighters, Wiley said.
The Meadville Central Fire Department was assisted by the West Mead 1, West Mead 2, Vernon Central and Saegertown Volunteer Fire Departments as well as the Meadville Police Department, Meadville Auxiliary Police and Fire Department. Meadville area ambulance. The last fire units resumed service at 5:55 p.m.