A fire that destroyed a two-story brick duplex on Ridge Avenue in the city on Thursday afternoon is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office.
Emergency personnel said the fire was reported just after 12 noon in the vacant structure at 904 Ridge St.
McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said that when firefighters arrived, smoke was visible and fire had spread to both the first and second floors, and a second alarm was struck.
White Oak No. 1 and Allegheny County Airport firefighters responded to the scene and Port Vue and Rainbow volunteer firefighters were in McKeesport's stations on stand-by, Tomovcsik said.
There were no utilities hooked up to the building, he said. According to county records, the property is tax delinquent and its condition was rated as "unsound."
Tomovcsik said the building was in poor condition before the blaze and is expected to be a total loss.
Originally published April 05, 2019.