Tri-Cities firefighters battle Leishman Avenue house fire, summer heat
Firefighters on Friday afternoon brought a basement fire in an abandoned Arnold house under control within 45 minutes.
The fire, in the 1700 block of Leishman Avenue, was reported about 4:15 p.m.
Walter Gouza III, chief of Arnold's two volunteer fire companies, said the house was abandoned. He said the house showed no signs that squatters were living there.
He said the cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Firefighters from both Arnold companies, two from New Kensington, and one each from Sardis and Lower Burrell responded to the two-alarm fire.
The blaze was challenging for the volunteers in 90-degree-plus humid heat.
Firefighters checked for hot spots under the porch of the white-frame house.
There were no reports of injuries or firefighters requiring medical treatment as a result of the heat and humidity.
Gouza said about 40 volunteers fought the blaze.
“At first we thought the fire had gone to the upper floor, but it didn't,” he said. “We put the fire out and searched to make sure.”