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Former firefighter faces ‘worst nightmare’ as his house caught on fire


A former firefighter in Pennsylvania is thankful his fellow firemen had his back after his home in Vandergrift caught fire Wednesday morning.

“I was at work,” he said, noting that he heard about the fire from his family. “I flew from North Washington to here. I was here before an engine got on the scene.”

Hooks’ wife, daughter and granddaughter were in the home when the fire broke out earlier this morning, and didn’t know there was an issue until a passing neighbor alerted them.

All of Hooks’ family -including two cats and a dog- were evacuated, though one cat is currently missing in action.

According to TribLive, the house was destroyed, and was uninsured at the time of the fire.

As firefighters left, neighbors swept into action, helping the family with whatever they needed. The PA Red Cross will be coming soon to help the family with further needs.

For Hooks, there is a sense of irony in the situation, but he is grateful his family is safe.

“Fire was one of my worst nightmares,” Hooks said. “I was always very careful.”

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