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Locust Street Fire Under Investigation

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
October 02, 2021
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

A two-alarm fire that gutted a house in the 1300 block of Locust Street on Thursday night is under investigation by McKeesport police and the Allegheny County fire marshal’s office.

The two-story wood-frame home was supposedly vacant, but firefighters found evidence that someone had been living in the structure, including mail in the mailbox and clothing and personal items inside, said McKeesport deputy fire Chief Gene Esken.

Crews were dispatched just before 8:30 p.m. and arrived to find flames visible in multiple windows, Esken said.

Fire had gotten into the walls of the home and climbed into the attic, compromising the roof, he said. The structure is likely a “total loss,” Esken said.

Firefighters from Allegheny County Airport, Duquesne Annex, Glassport, Liberty, Munhall No. 1, Port Vue and White Oak No. 1 were called to the scene, along with McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service.

The fire hydrant nearest the home was out of service, Esken said, but firefighters were able to connect to another hydrant about 700 feet away.

Although the fire was under control shortly after 10 p.m., crews remained on the scene until the early hours of Friday morning putting out hot spots, Esken said.

No electrical or gas service was connected to the house and the cause of the blaze is part of the investigation by the police and fire marshal, he said.

No injuries were reported and the lots on either side of the home were vacant, Esken said.

Volunteers from Rainbow and Dravosburg were on standby for McKeesport fire department.

Originally published October 02, 2021.

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