Share This Page

No injuries in smoky Tarentum fire Monday morning

| Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 11:09 a.m.
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Eureka firefighters advance a hose line into the home at 330 E. Eighth Ave. in Tarentum to battle a basement fire on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
JASON BRIDGE | Trib Total Media
No one was injured in this smoky basement fire at 330 E. Eighth Ave. in Tarentum on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Jason Bridge | Trib Total Media
Eureka firefighters advance a hose line into the home at 330 E. Eighth Ave. in Tarentum to battle a basement fire on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

No one was injured on Monday morning in a smoky basement fire in Tarentum.

Four departments responded around 9:30 a.m. to the fire in a 2 12-story brick house at 330 E. Eighth Ave.

Bill Brucker, assistant fire chief for Highland Hose Company in Tarentum, said the fire started in the basement when items around a dehumidifier were set ablaze.

The homeowner, Joyce Lunsford, said she was getting ready for work on the first floor when she smelled smoke. She left the house for a neighbor's with her 10-year-old son and their dog. Lundsford's husband was at work.

“It had a distinct smell, like a furnace burning,” Lunsford said. “We got out of the house right away. I thought it was going to explode.”

Black plumes of smoke had spread to the second story by the time firefighters arrived. They opened most of the windows to ventilate the smoke and attacked the fire with hand lines, Brucker said.

The Lunsfords' cat remained in the house during the fire, but was believed to be alive. Firefighters said they saw it hiding on the second floor as they ventilated the house.

Brucker said the first and second floors sustained some smoke damage, but that the house appeared “inhabitable.”

An investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office was ongoing Monday.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or bashe@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.