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Abandoned Clairton house burns

Michael DiVittorio | Daily News - Area firefighters battle a blaze in a vacant house at 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton on Monday morning.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Michael DiVittorio | Daily News</em></div>Area firefighters battle a blaze in a vacant house at 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton on Monday morning.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS - A Jefferson Hills firefighter works to extinguish the blaze.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS</em></div>A Jefferson Hills firefighter works to extinguish the blaze.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS - Smoke fills the sky as several fire departments from the surrounding area are dispatched to 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS</em></div>Smoke fills the sky as several fire departments from the surrounding area are dispatched to 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS - Extensive damage is reported to the building at 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS</em></div>Extensive damage is reported to the building at 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS - Firefighters from Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co. arrived on the scene at 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton to help battle the blaze. Firefighter Derrik Boyd, Assistant Chief Jeremy Rager and firefighter Joe Stanton get the fire under control.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS</em></div>Firefighters from Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co.  arrived on the scene at 405 Caldwell St. in Clairton to help battle the blaze. Firefighter Derrik Boyd, Assistant Chief Jeremy Rager and firefighter Joe Stanton get the fire under control.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS - Firefighters Derrik Boyd and Joe Stanton from Elizabeth assist Jefferson Hills Fire Department at a house fire in Clairton.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS</em></div>Firefighters Derrik Boyd and Joe Stanton from Elizabeth assist Jefferson Hills Fire Department at a house fire in Clairton.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 4:11 a.m.
 

Philip Marion stood along Caldwell Street in Clairton on a cold, snowy Monday morning watching firefighters from six municipalities try to save his late grandmother's home.

Flames ripped through the two-story structure at 405 Caldwell St. around 9:45 a.m.

Clairton fire Chief John Lattanzi said water lines weren't frozen, but the cold conditions had an impact on firefighters.

“Yeah, the weather's been a factor,” Lattanzi said. “Been slippery and like that.”

Firefighters from Glassport, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills, Dravosburg and Elizabeth assisted in getting the conflagration under control.

Glassport and Jefferson Hills used their ladder trucks to attack the flames coming from the roof, part of which eventually collapsed.

Hot spots near the top of the house rekindled as some firefighters made their way into the building for an interior attack.

Lattanzi said the hot spots were extinguished, and the fire was under control around 11:30 a.m. The building is a total loss, reports indicate.

“Luckily, nobody was hurt,” Marion said. “More memories than anything (were in the house).”

Marion's grandmother, Katherine Garland, died several years ago, and the house has remained vacant since then. His mother, Emma Marion, grew up there but moved to another part of the city. Marion said he's not sure what could have caused the fire.

“It's hard to tell,” he said. “The power was on, but there was nothing to be plugged in at all. The house was just about empty.”

Lattanzi said no utilities were on, and “nobody's said anything here” about the fire being deliberately set.

The blaze reportedly started in the basement and the county Fire Marshal's office is investigating.

Clairton Emergency Medical Service and Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded to Monday's scene.

Traffic was rerouted at Shaw and Linden avenues as firefighters battled the blaze.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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