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A fire Saturday afternoon at a vacant house on Ferndale Avenue in Duquesne is suspicious in nature.
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the blaze, which was reported just before 3 p.m. at a home near the corner of Ferndale and Fifth Street.
City fire Chief Frank Cobb said crews were dispatched at 2:48 p.m. and arrived to find smoke visible on all four sides of the house and fire showing through a first-floor window.
The home, a one-story brick ranch, was vacant and is currently listed for sale, he said. Property records indicate the house is owned by a limited-liability company in Houston, Texas.
Crews entered the home and found fire in the kitchen and dining room area, Cobb said.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes but approximately 40 percent of the structure sustained fire and smoke damage, he said. The house is likely salvageable and not a total loss, Cobb said.
Although electricity was connected to the house, natural gas service had been shut off, he said. Crews found evidence the fire was deliberately set and arson investigators were called to the scene, Cobb said. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.
Firefighters from Dravosburg, Duquesne Annex, Homeville, United Volunteer Fire & Rescue and Wilmerding responded, as well as two water tankers from Lincoln Borough, Cobb said. Both low water pressure and volume were reported at a nearby hydrant, which is why the tankers were called, he said.
No injuries were reported and there was no damage to any neighboring structures, he said.
Originally published June 20, 2022.