A woman was so scared as she gasped for air in the thick black smoke billowing around her Wednesday afternoon that firefighters say she couldn’t move when they tried to help her out of her burning home in Scott.
“She was gasping for air, saying, ‘I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’” said Lt. Tim Yakich, a Pittsburgh firefighter with Engine Company 29. “She was being overcome by smoke and paralyzed by fear.”
Yakich and his nephew, firefighter Larry Yakich, also of Engine Company 29, had no other choice but to drag the woman out of the second-floor room and down the stairs where fellow firefighters Lt. Brian Markewinski and Dave Kimak, both of Engine Company 30, helped carry her to safety.
The woman, whose name was not available, was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, said Scott police Sgt. Steve Fury.
Her brother, Richard Rhoades, 52, who…
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