Fire destroys duplex in Roscoe
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fire rips through Rostraver house
- Charleroi Regional makes 3 drug arrests
- First Federal, Community Bank join
- Charleroi Regional Police Board nixes council request
- Ozarks tournament filled with pageantry, top players in 1961
- Smithton native charged in Ohio with faking illness to raise money
- Stockdale firefighter finalist for National Firemark Award
- Charleroi woman jailed for burglaries
- Plans advance for New Eagle VFD-hosted tribute to ‘Porky’ Chedwick
- Monongahela drug bust nabs 5
- Easter a busy season for Perryopolis chocolatier