Woman killed, 4 hurt in house fire in Lower Salford, Pa.

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Monday, June 15, 2015
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A woman is dead and four other people are hurt after an early morning fire in Montgomery County.

LOWER SALFORD, Pa. (WPVI) -- One woman is dead and four adults are being treated for minor injuries following a fast-moving house fire in Lower Salford Township.

The fire broke out at 1:58 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of Skippack Creek Road.

Harleysville Fire Chief Todd Burns said heavy fire was showing from the back of the 2-story home when firefighters arrived.

The blaze quickly went to 2 alarms as crews called in water tankers to help fight the fire.

Burns said more than 50 firefighters from 9 neighboring companies helped battle the blaze.

Firefighters immediately focused on the rear of the building, where they tried to free a woman who was trapped in an upstairs room.

"It was clear there was one woman trapped in the rear of house," said Burns. "We tried to enter the house, when the floors collapsed underneath us."

Crews were forced to leave the building and were not able to rescue the woman.

The woman, later identified as 62-year-old Peggi Corinne Armato, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four adults - Armato's mother, husband, and two grown children - who were also in the home escaped with minor injuries.

Family members tell Action News that it was barking from the family dog that woke them up and alerted them to the blaze.

The fire was placed under control at 3:40 a.m.

Once it was out, heavy equipment was brought in to help sort through the rubble. Several damaged vehicles were loaded up and towed from the scene.

An investigation is now underway to determine the cause.