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3 escape Duquesne Avenue apartment fire in Trafford

Joe Napsha
| Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
Fire crews and other emergency personnel close down a scene after responding to a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Christian Tyler Randolph | Tribune-Review
Fire crews and other emergency personnel close down a scene after responding to a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Trafford Fire Chief Brian Lindbloom speaks with media after a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Christian Tyler Randolph | Tribune-Review
Trafford Fire Chief Brian Lindbloom speaks with media after a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Residents survey damage outside an apartment after a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Christian Tyler Randolph | Tribune-Review
Residents survey damage outside an apartment after a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Fire crews and other emergency personnel close down a scene after responding to a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Christian Tyler Randolph | Tribune-Review
Fire crews and other emergency personnel close down a scene after responding to a fire at 524 Duquesne Ave. in Trafford on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Three people escaped injury last week when fire broke out at a four-story apartment building in Trafford, causing minor damage to the structure, borough fire Chief Brian Lindbloom said.

The fire started on the third floor of the brick building at 524 Duquesne Ave. and damaged a second-floor ceiling and inside the door of the third-floor apartment, Lindbloom said.

Trafford police arrived within a minute of receiving the report of the fire at about 6 p.m. June 19. The officers knocked on doors to alert residents of the two occupied apartments, Lindbloom said.

Firefighters arrived on scene shortly afterward and quickly extinguished the fire, the chief said.

Cheryl Alcott of Duquesne Avenue said she saw fire coming from the second and third floors and black smoke pouring from the exterior.

Tenant Chris Merriman said she and her brother, Al Canzonier, had just finished dinner when they smelled smoke.

She said she thought someone was cooking on a grill, but heard people knocking on the door telling them to evacuate because of the fire.

Merriman, who uses a stair lift to navigate the steps to her apartment, said she and her brother left out of the front of the building, which empties out onto Forest Avenue.

Building owners Ed and Jackie Pencoske were at the scene inspecting the building. Their son, Matt, who also lives in the building, said he was able to get out quickly.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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