Vacant house fire in McKeesport injures 1, displaces neighboring family
A fire at a vacant home in McKeesport displaced a neighboring family and sent a city firefighter to a hospital.
Fire Chief Kevin Lust said flames engulfed the front of a two-story single-family structure at 2614 Cleveland St. on Tuesday at 1:39 a.m.
The blaze, which has yet to officially be deemed arson or suspicious, is believed to have started from a chair on the porch. It caused some damage to the exteriors of 2612 and 2616 Cleveland St.
Lust said a woman across the street saw the flames and alerted the neighbors, who safely exited the homes next to the burning building.
“We just had to fight the fire and that's it,” said Lust. “Guys did a heck of a job keeping it to the main structure.”
Lust said the residents at 2612 Cleveland St. were eventually allowed back inside.
The family at 2616 Cleveland St. — a mother and her three children ages 10, 8 and 4 — were assisted by the American Red Cross.
Lust said that home's electrical system was melted and needed to be fixed before the family can return.
A firefighter who sustained a shoulder injury was treated at UPMC McKeesport and released. No other injuries were reported.
Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or email@example.com.
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