Fire marshal investigates Homestead blaze
Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of a house fire Tuesday afternoon in Homestead.
Police said no one was inside at 204 E. Twelfth Ave. and the door was open when officers arrived at the home in response to a call at approximately 3:30.
No injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross is assisting three adults and four children with food, clothing and shelter.
“We had flames showing on the second floor when we pulled up,” Homestead Volunteer Fire Co. Chief James Barca said.
The house is near Barrett Elementary School, where a crowd gathered to watch firefighters.
The fire was under control in approximately half an hour.
“We came up from the Waterfront and we saw flames and smoke,” Munhall resident Jacqueline Lightner said. “We could smell the smoke.”
Firefighters assisting Homestead's company were from Glassport Citizens Hose VFC No. 1, Pleasant Hills VFC, Swissvale Volunteer Fire Department, West Homestead VFD and West Mifflin's Duquesne Annex VFC.
Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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