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Duquesne fire displaces 2 families

| Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:46 a.m.
Eric Slagle | Daily News
Crews had to apply salt on roadways around a three-house fire on N. First Street in Duquesne because of cold temperatures early Wednesday. Nobody was hurt in the fire but two families were displaced from their homes and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross and the City of Hope of Nazarene in Duquesne.
Eric Slagle | Daily News
Firefighters from Duquesne and surrounding communities responded to a fire in the 100 block of N. Fourth Street in Duquesne early Wednesday morning. The American Red Cross and the City of Hope of Nazarene in Duquesne are assisting two families affected by the fire.
Eric Slagle | Daily News
Firefighters from Duquesne and surrounding communities responded to a fire in the 100 block of N. Fourth Street in Duquesne early Wednesday morning. The American Red Cross and the City of Hope of Nazarene in Duquesne are assisting two families affected by the fire.

An early morning fire in Duquesne on Wednesday displaced two families.

The fire started about 4:45 a.m. and burned three houses in the 100 block of North Fourth Street.

It is believed the fire started at 117 N. Fourth St. then spread to neighboring properties at 115 and 113 N. Fourth, according to Duquesne VFD Chief Andrew Fedor.

“Due to the bulk of the fire and because the houses were so close it spread,” said Fedor.

Two of the three properties were occupied and considered to be total losses. The third house was vacant and sustained minor damage.

Fire crews from surrounding communities were called in to help fight the blaze, which took about two hours to get under control. Cold temperatures were an issue for responders, who had to apply salt to prevent roadways around the fire from freezing.

Fedor said two people who lived in the home at 117 N. Fourth St. received assistance from the American Red Cross.

Jeanette Curley, who lived in the center property, said she was already awake when she heard her neighbor pounding on her door to alert her of the fire.

“He asked me to call 911 because his house was involved and it was burning real bad,” said Curley, noting the attic area of her neighbor's house was engulfed in flames when she went outside. By the time the first fire trucks arrived, she said the blaze had already spread to her home.

Curley said her church, City of Hope of Nazarene in Duquesne, was helping her with temporary shelter at the Waterfront. Her pastor, the Rev. Darrell Robinson, was at the fire scene.

Robinson complimented the good works of a neighbor across the street who aided Curley in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the incident.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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