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The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause of a blaze Monday morning that displaced three people from their home in the Grandview section of the city.
McKeesport fire Capt. Jim Shields said firefighters were dispatched at 11:26 a.m. when a caller to 9-1-1 reported a house fire at 1801 Abraham St.
When crews arrived, flames were visible at the rear of the two-story, wood-frame house, and a second alarm was dispatched. No one was home at the time of the fire, Shields said.
The fire was under control before 12 noon, he said, but not before damaging the rooms on the first-floor at the rear of the house. Some fire damage also was reported inside the walls on the second floor, Shields said.
The house suffered smoke damage throughout, and the siding on a neighboring house at 1803 Abraham St. also was damaged, he said.
Firefighters from Versailles, White Oak No. 1, Munhall No. 1, Glassport, Port Vue and Allegheny County Airport responded to the scene, along with the fire marshal’s office.
Shields said the origin of the fire was unclear Monday afternoon, which is why county investigators were asked for assistance.
The American Red Cross is helping the displaced residents with shelter, he said.
Originally published March 15, 2021.