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Vacant Ross home destroyed after brush fire spreads

| Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:30 p.m.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Firefighters work to secure the scene of a fire along Milbert Lane in Ross on Friday, April 26, 2013. A two-story wood and stone home and an adjacent garage and shed were destroyed in the fire, according to Ross Fire Marshal John Reubi. Firefighters had to run nearly 3,000 feet of hose up a narrow dirt road from hydrants located on Rochester Road.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Firefighters pump foam into the foundation of a structure after fighting a house fire along Milbert Lane in Ross on Friday, April 26, 2013.

A fire on Friday destroyed an unoccupied farmhouse in a heavily wooded section of Ross, authorities said.

The two-alarm fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. in the 100 block of Milbert Lane. It ignited surrounding brush and spread toward a nearby gas well, according to a 911 supervisor.

Ross Fire Marshal John Reubi said firefighters had to run nearly 3,000 feet of hose up a narrow dirt road from hydrants on Rochester Road. About 50 firefighters from 10 companies responded, he said. No injuries were reported.

The two-story wood and stone home and an adjacent garage and shed were destroyed, Reubi said.

“The power was off and nobody was living in the house at the time, but people were getting it ready so they could move in soon,” Reubi said.

Once the fire was under control, crews sprayed foam on the rubble to prevent it from reigniting.

An investigator from the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause.

Tony LaRussa is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7987 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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