An Ellport woman was sent to the Ellwood City Hospital after a Sunday afternoon house fire.
The Wurtemburg-Perry Township Fire Department was dispatched to the First Street home around 3:30 p.m. Sunday where a large house fire had developed after starting on the front porch.
According to the fire department, the home owner’s girlfriend reported hearing ‘pings’ and ‘popping’ noises from the front porch area and upon investigating found the porch to be engulfed in flames.
The homeowner, Matthew Musser, of 110 First Street, Ellport was not home during the blaze.
The girlfriend’s sister attempted to escape through the front porch area and burned her foot in the process. She was sent to the hospital with second and third degree burns on her lower extremities.
The fire was contained in the front porch and kitchen area, both sustaining extensive damage. The house sustained smoke damage throughout. Musser was said to have owned several collectable guns and some ammunition in the house that firefighters contained when battling the flames.
There is no report on the cause of the fire and it is pending an investigation by the state police fire marshal.