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McKeesport apartment fire displaces 7 adults, 1 child

| Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 2:16 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Seven adults and one child were displaced by an early morning fire in this apartment building at 918 Union St. in McKeesport.

Seven adults and one child were assisted with food and shelter by the American Red Cross after being displaced by an apartment fire in McKeesport.

City fire Chief Kevin Lust said no injuries were reported in connection with the blaze Monday at 2:45 a.m. at 918 Union St.

The fire is believed to have originated from a bathroom in one of the four apartments.

Lust said he could not confirm which apartment. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire but residents were displaced because electricity had to be cut to the entire building, Lust explained.

Tia Como said she could smell smoke from her residence a couple buildings away from the apartment and went to check on her friends in that building.

“That's when I came out of the house and went over there,” she said. “We were all over there sitting on the wall. It was horrible. I guess they put everybody in the building in a hotel. We're buddies.”

Como said she also gave some of them clothing and a blanket.

A black-and-white cat belonging to people in the apartment could not go to the hotel. Como said she fed the cat and it has taken residence on the porch of a nearby abandoned home.

Emergency responders cleared the scene at 6:27 a.m.

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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