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UPDATE: Firefighters Rescue Woman From Sterigere Street Blaze

Jefferson Fire Company, with assistance from Norristown and East Norriton companies, battled a house fire on Sterigere Street in West Norriton early Saturday morning.

UPDATE: [1/19/13; 12:30 p.m.] According to West Norriton Fire Chief Kevin Guirate, firefighters from Jefferson Fire Company, with assistance from the Norristown and East Norriton fire departments, battled the blaze in the 1400 block of Sterigere Street for approximately an hour and forty minutes before the scene was brought under control. Much of the fire was contained within an hour, and the damage was confined to just the one home and attached garage. 

Chief Guirate applauded the effort by his firefighters and also that of the two Norristown firefighters who arrived on the scene early and entered the building to rescue a woman trapped inside.

"They did an awesome job," said Chief Guirate. "If they didn't do what they did, we'd be talking about a different story right now."

Two residents of the home were hospitalized as a result of the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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UPDATE: [1/19/13; 11:05 a.m.] According to the West Norriton Police Department, last night's fire in the 1400 block of Sterigere Street was reported by a Bridgeport police officer who was returning from Montgomery County Emergency Services on the grounds of the State Hospital.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they found the garage of the home fully engulfed in flames. A resident on the scene advised police that a woman was still trapped inside the home and officers attempted to enter the building, but were overwhelmed by the smoke. The woman was ultimately rescued by Norristown Firefighters Robert Myers and Andy Pyles. 

Both residents of the home were initially transported to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery for treatment and then flown by medevac to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. As of this morning, both victims were listed in critical condition.

West Norriton Police are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Montgomery County Detective's Bureau. Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Det. Sgt. Michael McGettigan or Det. Stephen Morris at 610-630-1701.

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Original story: 

According to the Norristown Fire Department's website, Norristown firefighters were the first on the scene to battle a raging house fire on Sterigere Street in West Norriton early Sunday morning.

Firefighters responded to the report of a building fire at a home on Sterigere Street near Forrest Avenue, across the street from the State Hospital, just after 3 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. On the scene, firefighters were directed to an unidentified woman who was still trapped inside the home.

According to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell, without access to a hose line, firefighters Robert Myers and Andy Pyles entered the home and located the woman. She was removed from the home and reportedly flown by medevac to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment.

"Our guys were able to get up there and be in the right place at the right time and effect a rescue," said Chief O'Donnell.

According to Chief O'Donnell, there were no other injuries as a result of the blaze, which was battled by Jefferson Fire Company with assistance from Norristown and East Norriton companies. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

See more pictures of last night's fire here.

Mary Ellen Digregorio January 19, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Thank God for all the Norristown Firefighters. The best thing that Noriistown can be Proud of is the many volunteers that we have Norristown is so Blessed with these firefighter that protect our Community......Thank You
Karen Denner January 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM
East & West Norriton is equally blessed with their fire companies who are totally volunteer, as well as many other communities who rely on volunteers to help in times of crisis. In addition to the 2 firefighters who saved the woman, much appreciation should also go to the Plymouth Ambulance crew who made quick work of initiating care to this woman once she was removed from the burning building & getting her to the hospital so quickly. I have known the 2 victims of this fire my entire life, having grown up a few houses away. My thoughts & prayers go out to them & the entire family.
chris January 20, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Amazing job by all first responders, thank you for your bravery and service
Mohandus Frieri January 20, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Thank God, Norristown for East and West Norriton. What would we do without you.
Bhrenda Drakeford January 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Praise God for them. We are Blessed.
Candy Allebach January 20, 2013 at 02:06 PM
thank god for the bridgeport police officer who was in the right place at the right time. if he had not seen this fire, unfortunately, this would have turned out much worse.
miles marshall January 20, 2013 at 07:18 PM
when a tragedy like this happens, all the small problems become insignificant. Hold your loved ones close, count your blessing, and let everyday be filled with meaning. because, one day you will wake up and it will be, tomorrow. My heart goes out to the family on the 1400 block of Sterigere street.
Patsy Morningstar January 21, 2013 at 02:16 AM
To Andy and Rob - thank you for your commitment and to all others who provide this kind of community service.
Charlene Cavello January 21, 2013 at 05:58 PM
We would like to thank all the firefighters, officers and rescue workers who responded to this horrific nightmare which has devastated our family. A special thanks to Andy and Rob who along with so many others risked their lives to save our mother, mother in law, grandmother and great grandmother. You are very special people and we will never forget what you did. God bless you for the work you do every day. THE CAVELLO FAMILY
Richard Cavello January 30, 2013 at 04:52 PM
From the Cavello family we would like to send our thanks to everyone who help our mother and brother. Thank you so much
Linda Fox February 13, 2013 at 06:28 AM
So very sorry to hear of Vera's passing. The Fox family was also family to the Cavello's since before I was born. I called Vera every so often since my Mom Rose's passing and Hope and Pray they are together. So very Sorry to the family that I missed paying my respects as I found out too late. My Love to all the Cavello's. Linda Fox

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