May 30, 2023

Three Pittsburgh firefighters rescued a man Thursday evening from his burning home in Sheraden and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation to revive him, their chief said.

Michael Smith, 40, and other family members escaped after the fire erupted about 6:35 p.m. in a second-floor bedroom of the two-story brick house in the 1200 block of Faulkner Street, said Bill Martin, a deputy city fire chief.

“The male went back inside to get his cat and was overcome by smoke and collapsed on the stairs leading to the second floor,” Martin said. He said the crew of Engine 31 — Lt. Steve Ashe, Lt. Tim Hottenfeller and firefighter Tom Wilson — rescued Smith.

“They thought everyone was out. They went inside, found him on the stairs, pulled him out and performed CPR on the porch,” said Martin.

Smith was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital, where initial reports were that he is doing well, Martin said.

The fire was confined to the bedroom but there was smoke and water damage in other parts of the house. Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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