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Kitchen fire heavily damages home of New Kensington councilman

Chuck Biedka
Chuck Biedka | Tribune-Review
Firefighters battle a house fire on Riverview Drive in New Kensington both from the outside and from inside on Sunday. Water can be seen shooting out from a first-floor window during the interior attack. A father and his daughters were able to get away from a fire in his house along the 300 block of Riverside Drive in New Kensington on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2019. About 75 firefighters from New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell fought the blaze in 90 degree weather.

A father and his two daughters were outside on the front porch of their New Kensington home when they heard smoke alarms going off inside at 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We were playing Legos, and the girls decided to go to the back porch. That’s when I heard the alarms,” city Councilman Dante Cicconi said. “At first, I thought it was at someone else’s house.”

He was able to get the girls away from the fire and then called 911.

Firefighters arrived at the house in the 300 block of Riverview Drive to find fire and thick, black smoke in the kitchen, with flames reaching up to the second floor.

New Kensington Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Davis said the house sustained heavy damage but was not destroyed.

Davis said the fire started in the kitchen, apparently accidentally.

Cicconi said his house is insured.

While some firefighters fought the fire from inside the kitchen, others pulled out siding to reach the fire from outside.

Volunteer firefighters from New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell took turns inside the house while volunteers outside made sure they would not overheat on a 90-degree day.

It took the 75 firefighters in alternating crews until about 6:30 to put out the blaze and then check for smoldering.

Crews had to stretch 5-inch lines from a hydrant at Center Avenue about 800 feet away and another about 300 feet from a hydrant down the street.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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