Crews battle fire at Brackenridge duplex
Firefighters battled a fire at a duplex in Brackenridge on Monday afternoon.
The blaze fully engulfed the two-story building, which is in the 800 block of Seventh Avenue. It was reported at 4:22 p.m.
There were no initial reports of injuries or entrapment, according to an Allegheny County 911 dispatcher.
Thick black smoke was billowing from the duplex, which has a For Sale sign in front of it, around 5 p.m.
Several people were on scene, watching the fire burn through the building. Police from Tarentum and Brackenridge as well as emergency crews from Brackenridge, Harrison, Tarentum and Frazer responded.
Marybeth Delane lives on Prospect Street, near the duplex. She had just arrived home from walking her dog when the fire broke out.
“I came inside, and I heard a very loud popping sound, and I thought, ‘Boy that was really strange,' ” she said. “About a moment later, I heard the siren from the first fire engine. As soon as they arrived, I ran out my back door.”
She said huge, tall flames were shooting from the right side of the house.
“They were big flames,” she said.
Allegheny County real estate records show the building's address is 874-876 Seventh Ave. It is owned by River Stone Lofts & Apartments and is assessed at $48,600.
Jim Schons is listed on the For Sale sign as the real estate broker for the duplex. He said he first heard about the fire through a Tribune-Review reporter who called him for comment.
“Wow,” he said when he heard the news.
Schons said he didn't have the owner's contact information on him and also couldn't say if the duplex was vacant or occupied.
Delane said the duplex has a history of revolving tenants. She said a woman lives on one side of the duplex, and the other side is vacant.
“I spoke to a woman about a week ago, she said she lived there,“ Delane said. “I think I saw her about twice. She was pretty quiet.”