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Fire Destroys Vacant House; Cause Unknown

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 14, 2019
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

The Allegheny County fire marshal's office is investigating a blaze on Tuesday afternoon that destroyed a vacant house on Stewart Street.

McKeesport fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said callers reported the fire at 3:21 p.m. in the two-story wood frame structure at 2910 Stewart.

Initial reports indicated that someone may have been inside, but those proved to be incorrect, Tomovcsik said.

There were no utilities connected to the house, he said, and the cause and origin of the fire are unknown.

Firefighters from Allegheny County Airport, Bettis Lab, Dravosburg, Duquesne Annex, Glassport, Liberty Borough and White Oak No. 1 departments responded to the scene, and volunteers from Rainbow and Versailles fire companies were on standby.

When crews arrived, fire was present throughout the house, Tomovcsik said. The structure was judged to be unsafe and they fought the fire from the outside, he said.

The building is a total loss, Tomovcsik said. The lots on either side of the house were vacant and there was no damage to any nearby structures, he said.

There was some confusion about the address of the damaged house because it didn't have a visible address posted, Tomovcsik said.

Salvation Army Disaster Services also responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Originally published November 14, 2019.

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