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3 escape Duquesne Avenue apartment fire in Trafford

| Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 Monday evening when fire struck 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. The officers knocked on doors to alert residents of the two occupied apartments, Lindbloom said.

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

Building owners Ed and Jackie Pencoske were at the scene inspecting the building.

A tenant, Chris Merriman, said she and her brother, Al Canzonier, just finished dinner and 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.

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