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The Allegheny County fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a Soles Street home on Saturday morning.
McKeesport deputy fire Chief Jeff List said city police were dispatched to the house in the 600 block just before 8:30 a.m. for what was originally reported as a “home invasion.”
When police officers arrived, they determined there was no crime in progress, but there was a fire on the second floor. One male resident was home when the fire broke out but escaped safely, List said.
The fire was under control in about 15 minutes, List said, and fire damage was confined to the second floor, but the home suffered smoke damage throughout.
County investigators are helping determine the cause and origin of the fire, List said. The American Red Cross is assisting the resident with housing resources, he said.
Volunteer firefighters from Dravosburg, Citizens No. 1, Duquesne Annex, White Oak No. 1 and Rainbow were dispatched but were canceled before arriving at the scene, List said.
Originally published March 01, 2021.