A family of three was displaced from their Newport home by a two-alarm fire so intense that it damaged several neighboring homes and vehicles.
The American Red Cross said its volunteers were assisting 2 adults and a child who were displaced from 427 Mulberry Street with food, clothing, and any additional disaster needs.
Newport Fire Chief Steve Flickinger said two people were in the home when the fire began at 427 Mulberry Street after 4:15 a.m.
"It was one big ball of fire when we answered the call. The fire house is right down the street," Flickinger said. "It was totally involved. Our main purpose was basically, not that house, there was nothing to save, but we started to protect the row houses going down the street."
Both people were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, including a man who suffered serious burns. Neighbors said the residents had to jump from a 2-story window to escape the flames.
"The gentlemen who was in the house had scars and burns on his face, upper extremities," said Mac Hoover, a neighbor. "He was totally in shock, you can just tell."
The flames were so intense a home next door sustained serious damage. Other homes and at least seven vehicles - including some on the other side of the street - were also damaged, and electricity and telephone service were knocked out across the Perry County borough.
"I went out my back door and I felt instant heat," said Brad Thomas, a neighbor. "I looked and I could see the flames from my back porch. I could feel the heat from where I was standing."
A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.
"The guy in the second house up the street got up at 4:15 to go to work," Flickinger said. "He come outside to smoke a cigarette and said he didn't see nothing or smell nothing, went back into the house and then he started smelling something. And in 10 minutes, the owner of the house on fire came knocking on their door and told them to get out because his house was on fire."