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Grandview Fire Displaces 3; Cause Under Investigation

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
October 11, 2019
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A two-alarm fire on Grandview Avenue that displaced two adults and one child is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's office.

But McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said the blaze at 1804 Grandview is not believed to be suspicious in nature.

A 9-1-1 caller reported seeing smoke outside the house at 4:11 p.m. Saturday. The residents were not home at the time, Tomovcsik said.

When crews arrived, they found a fire in the basement that was traveling up the inside walls to the second floor and attic, Tomovcsik said.

Although the house is brick, the interior construction aided the spread of the fire, he said. The house suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage, he said.

Additional firefighters were requested from Allegheny County Airport, Duquesne Annex, Glassport, Liberty, Port Vue, Versailles, and White Oak No. 1, along with water tankers from Monroeville and Lincoln Borough.

Rainbow firefighters were held on stand-by at McKeesport's No. 2 fire station in Renziehausen Park.

The fire was reported under control at 4:53 p.m. There was no damage to the surrounding homes and no injuries were reported, Tomovcsik said.

Although the heaviest concentration of fire was in the basement, the fire marshal's office is attempting to determine the exact cause and origin.

The residents were renting the home from a White Oak family, property records indicate.

Originally published October 11, 2019.

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