Firefighters extinguish house fire in Dormont, no one hurt
By Aaron Aupperlee
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 10:39 a.m.
Firefighters salvaged what they could from a house in Dormont damaged by fire and smoke on Wednesday.
Navigating a porch cluttered with pumpkins, cages, skeletons and other Halloween decorations, firefighters carried out armloads of family photos and a sofa.
No one was home when the blaze started just before 9:30 a.m. at the two-story brick house on Pinehurst Avenue. Neighbors saw flames and smoke pour out of large second-story windows.
“I heard something go ‘pop.' I could smell it. Then the windows busted,” said Reggie Johnson, 36, a next-door neighbor.
Johnson ran to the front door, found it locked and rushed to the back of the house. He saved the family's three dogs and one of their two birds.
A tearful and distraught Rose Helf, who lived in the house, said she is grateful her neighbor got the animals out in time. She sat on a neighbor's porch in disbelief as firefighters sprayed water through her windows.
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, said Dormont fire Deputy Chief Jim Kolesky. It appears to have started in a second-floor room.
Flames damaged a house next door.
At least seven fire departments responded and brought the blaze under control by 10:30 a.m. No one was injured.
Aaron Aupperlee is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or email@example.com.
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 destroys Eau Claire market, no injuries reported
- Pa. unemployment rate at the lowest since 2008; more workers finding jobs
- Donald turns down New York invite for NFL Draft
- Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies
- Breaking down Saturday’s Pirates-Brewers game
- Man found fatally shot in Larimer a mile away from Homewood peace march
- Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs
- Chat with Dejan Kovacevic: April 18, 2014
- Captain of sunken ferry arrested, South Korean agency reports
- Pirates Charities 50/50 raffle to benefit We Are FR Fund
- Police investigate shooting in Muddy Creek