ShareThis Page
Crews demolish Rostraver house to extinguish fire |

Crews demolish Rostraver house to extinguish fire

Jacob Tierney
Rostraver Central Fire Department
A fire tore through a Rostraver home that was used as a storage facility Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

Firefighters used heavy equipment to demolish a burning house in Rostraver Township Friday morning, according to the Rostraver Central Fire Department.

The fire on Tyrol Boulevard started just before 3 a.m.

Nobody was living at the house, which was used as a storage facility for nearby business Equipment Connection.

Nobody was hurt.

Firefighters had the blaze under control within an hour, but flames continued to burn inside, said Justin Shawley, assistant chief of Rostraver Central Fire Department.

Firefighters were unable to get inside the building because of all the furniture, tents and other objects stores inside, Shawley said.

“It was stacked floor to ceiling with those items, which made it pretty much impossible to do anything but a defensive attack,” he said.“As we would knock down the fire outside there were areas inside the building that we couldn’t get to.”

Crews used construction equipment to demolish the building and extinguish the fire, finishing the fight around 8:30 a.m.

A state police fire marshal will investigate the fire. The cause could not be immediately determined.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: News | Westmoreland
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.