TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Glassport fire rips through abandoned home

About Patrick Cloonan
Patrick Cloonan 412-664-9161
Staff Reporter
Daily News

Daily Photo Galleries


By Patrick Cloonan

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 6:22 p.m.

Fire in Glassport early Saturday gutted a vacant, two-story frame apartment building damaged by a May 28 blaze, causing smoke or water damage to four other buildings and forcing numerous evacuations.

“A man ran through the front door and said, ‘Fire,' ” said Kris Salhus, a waitress at the nearby Glassport Diner. “I said, ‘Geri, call 911.' ”

“When we first saw it, it wasn't that bad,” cook Geri Riley said. “Then it went up real fast.”

Alvin Henderson, Allegheny County chief of Emergency Services, termed the building along Hemlock Alley as “a 100 percent loss.” He called the blaze suspicious, though a cause had not been determined.

“When we came, it was fully involved,” Glassport Citizens Hose Company Chief Wayne Lewis said.

The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. and affected other buildings along Hemlock Alley, Monongahela Avenue and Seventh Street.

Lewis said chiropractor Dr. Joel Slafka's office building, which is adjacent to the gutted building, received smoke damage. The Glassport fire chief said there also was minor fire and heavy smoke damage to a warehouse and garage.

No injuries were reported.

“Our basement got flooded because of the water from that fire,” said Chas Smith about his apartment on Monongahela Avenue.

He said he and an elderly woman who lives in the building likely would be out of their apartments for up to two days.

Pittsburgh Red Cross spokeswoman Dominique Buccina said the organization was assisting with food and shelter.

Firefighters from McKeesport, Clairton, Homestead, Jefferson Hills, West Mifflin, Dravosburg and Elizabeth companies assisted.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. 4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash
  2. Kovacevic: Bylsma’s moves — yes, moves — pay off
  3. Group wants Consol to adhere to terms of Greene County mining permit
  4. U.S. attorney seeks plan for reducing heroin overdoses
  5. Police see no sign Franklin Regional stabbing suspect was bullied
  6. Bishop Zubik urges Catholics to evangelize
  7. South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying
  8. Former Pitt captain Cavanaugh blazes trail as entrepreneur
  9. Authorities investigating skeletal remains found in Ohio River in Avalon
  10. Penguins rally to escape with a victory in Game 1 against Columbus
  11. Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.