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No one was injured during a fire Monday night at Grant Towers Apartments in Duquesne.
City fire Chief Frank Cobb said an automatic fire alarm was activated just before 9 p.m. When crews arrived, smoke was showing from a seventh-story window on the front of the building at 100 Grant Ave.
A deputy fire chief turned in a second alarm and crews began battling the blaze using the standpipe system in the building, Cobb said.
The occupant was not home when the fire broke out, Cobb said. The cause is unknown but fire officials believe the blaze began in the kitchen and spread to the rest of the apartment, which sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.
The fire was contained to the original unit and no fire or water damage was reported to neighboring units, Cobb said.
Eighty people were temporarily evacuated but were allowed to return to their apartments, he said. The resident of the damaged apartment is being helped by the American Red Cross, Cobb said.
In addition to Duquesne firefighters, crews from Dravosburg, Glassport, Homestead, Munhall No. 4, West Mifflin No. 1, 2 and 3 and Wilmerding assisted at the scene, along with tanker trucks from Lincoln Borough, Cobb said.
Originally published February 09, 2021.