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Fire damages home in Carnegie; crews battle ice, too

| Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 9:03 a.m.
James Knox
Hoses used to put out a Carnegie fire froze and couldn't be rolled up the morning of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Firefighter Robert Lieiseki (right) tugs on frozen hoses as fellow Crafton firefighters Andrew Beardmore (left) and Mark Hyre (second from left) try to free them after the hoses froze to the sidewalk on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, following a fire in the 400 block of Ridge Avenue in Carnegie.

Ice and cold hindered the cleanup from a house fire in Carnegie early Friday.

No one was hurt in the fire, which was reported about 3 a.m. at a house on Ridge Avenue, Carnegie police said.

After firefighters put out the blaze, their equipment was iced over and the hoses were too frozen to roll up.

A wood-burning fireplace insert might have sparked the fire in an unfinished attic/crawl space of the home, Allegheny County Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Don Brucker said.

The concrete steps to the home were covered in ice, and firefighters' gear and equipment became iced over, he said.

Firefighters used a bus to warm up, Brucker said.

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