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Attics burn in Elizabeth Township, Pleasant Hills

| Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:13 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Firefighters from multiple communities responded to a home at 184 Karen Drive in Elizabeth Township shortly after noon on Monday.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Firefighters douse the attic area of a house at 184 Karen Frive in Elizabeth Township Monday, shortly after noon Monday.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Elizabeth Township Area EMS monitor firefighters who had been working at the scene of a house fire at 184 Karen Drive in Elizabeth Township, Monday.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Buena Vista Fire Chief Jim Davenport uses the command board to monitor the scene of a fire at 184 Karen Drive in Elizabeth Township Monday.

No one was reported injured when fires erupted in the attics of homes in Elizabeth Township and Pleasant Hills on Monday.

No one was home when crews were called to the scene of the first fire, at 184 Karen Drive in Elizabeth Township, at about 12:25 p.m.

Flames mostly were confined to a crawl space and had burned through an exterior wall by the time first responders arrived.

Central Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Chris Molinaro said the upstairs sustained smoke and water damage and the ground floor sustained only minor damage.

“The house is salvageable,” Molinaro said.

Luke Fournier, 16, who lives near the house, said he saw the flames coming from the attic.

“The police came and kicked down the door,” Fournier said. “No one was inside.”

Crews had the fire under control quickly.

Elizabeth Township police, fire and emergency services responded, ad did fire crews from Liberty, Sutersville and Jefferson Hills.

Two people were evacuated safely from their burning Pleasant Hills home on Monday night.

The borough's fire Asst. Chief Randy Porter said crews responded to the blaze at 505 Nantucket Drive at 8:41 p.m. .

Firefighters from Bethel Park, Jefferson Hills and Whitehall assisted.

Porter said the fire was contained to the attic and roof area, which sustained smoke damage.

The fires are under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal.

Eric Slagle and Michael DiVittorio are staff writers for Trib Total Media. Slagle can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com. Divittorio can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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