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Fire destroys duplex in Roscoe

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By Chris Buckley

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

A Roscoe duplex that was condemned after being deemed structurally unsound was destroyed by fire early Monday.

A state police fire marshal was called in to investigate the cause and origin of the 101 Wayne St. blaze.

Roscoe fire Chief Todd Mauk said the borough condemned the building this fall. The last tenant moved out about two weeks ago.

Mauk said the fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived shortly before 4. They remained on the scene until nearly 7:30 a.m., initially containing the fire so it did not spread to neighboring structures.

The fire twice rekindled.

Mauk said it is standard procedure to call in a fire marshal when the cause or origin of a blaze cannot immediately be determined. He said the utilities were still on in the house.

Firefighters from Roscoe, Stockdale, Washington Township and California responded. Ambulance crews from Rostraver-West Newton and Brownsville also responded.

“It was a total loss,” Mauk said. “It's through the roof. The second floor collapsed.”

The Wayne Street structure is located behind the Central Apartments at 600 Furlong Ave., but the house was not damaged in the arson that destroyed the complex June 22.

Tina M. Koskoski, 46, of 124 Prospect Ave., Apt. A, Charleroi, is awaiting trial on 85 counts of causing or risking catastrophe, four counts of arson and related offenses and four counts of criminal mischief for the Central Apartments fire.

She faces 85 misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person for allegedly placing the tenants and the first responders in danger, and four counts of simple assault for injuries to two tenants and two firefighters.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or



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