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Fire races through vacant Kittanning apartments

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By Tim Karan
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 12:36 a.m.

A fast-moving fire tore through an abandoned brick building in the alley east of North Water Street early Thursday morning and the cause is still under investigation.

Kittanning Fire Marshal Earl “Buzz” Kline said the fire broke out shortly before 7 a.m. in the two-story yellow brick house next to the Covenant Center. The building is divided into two apartments, but Kline said it had been vacant for at least a few years.

“The fire is somewhat suspicious, but we haven't really put a cause to it yet,” said Kline. “We know where the fire started but we don't know how it burned so fast. It was pretty rapid.”

Kline said the blaze ignited in a downstairs bedroom and burned a hole through the second floor. Kittanning Hose Cos. 1, 4 and 6, Kittanning police and Kittanning Hose Co. 6 ambulance responded to the call.

“The state police are looking at it with us,” Kline said. “But the damage was very extensive.”

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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