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Fire displaces 12 in Munhall

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 4:26 a.m.
Ron Vezzani Jr. | Daily News
Fire Crews from Munhall and surrounding communities work to control a fire in an apartment building in the 1900 block of Maple Street early Tuesday morning.
Ron Vezzani Jr. | Daily News
Firefighters from Munhall No. 5 work to control a fire in an apartment building in the 1900 block of Maple Street early Tuesday morning.

Fire forced six adults and six children from their Munhall home Tuesday morning, but none was reported injured in the blaze.

Firefighters from Munhall, West Mifflin and West Homestead responded at about 7:30 to the two-alarm fire at a two-story brick structure at 1904 Maple St.

Munhall police safely evacuated the residents and a cat. Glassport Rapid Intervention Team assisted, and the Red Cross is helping the displaced residents with food and shelter.

“We had a real quick response from everybody,” Munhall Bureau of Fire Deputy Chief Ed Pletsch said.

He said nine adults and six children were inside the home at the time of the fire.

Pletsch said there were multiple points of origin, and that the first floor became engulfed.

“Flames were pretty much everywhere,” he said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in an hour. A neighboring two-story structure at 1906 Maple St. sustained smoke damage.

Allegheny County Fire Marshal's office is investigating.

“All fires are suspicious until we find out what started them,” Pletsch said.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded.

Traffic was rerouted at Maple Street's intersections with Nineteenth and Twentieth avenues. Crews began clearing the scene around noon.

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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