Fire crews battling massive structure fire in downtown New Kensington


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New Kensington, Pa. – Firefighters in New Kensington responded to a structure fire in downtown New Kensington just after noon today as heavy smoke and flames filled the streets along 9th Avenue and 4th Street destroying several businesses.

At the scene, heavy black smoke was seen coming from the Liberty Tax Service on the 4th Avenue side and extended through the structure to the front of a business next to a barber shop on 9th Street. Shortly after the heavy black smoke billowed from the front of the structure as fire crews broke out windows for ventilation, heavy flames erupted from the building sending onlookers back up the street as intense heat filled the street.

On 4th Avenue, fire crews manned several hoses pouring water into Liberty Tax Service as heavy flames inside worked their way to the roof of the structure fueling a more intense fire that eventually broke through the roof of an attached structure. Aerial ladder trucks set up on 4th Street and 9th to attack the fire from above, but intense smoke forced them away from the building until the smoke cleared for a short time.

Additional fire crews from surrounding neighborhoods along with Murrysville Rehab and a Kiski Medical Rehab unit arrived on scene to give exhausted firefighters a place to rehab and cool down. One New Kensington firefighter manning an aerial truck was overcome with a blast of smoke forcing him to come down off the truck to find fresh air up 4th Avenue. That firefighter was helped up the street by a New Kensington City Councilman who was also overcome with smoke near the scene. Neither man sought out medical attention.


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The Salvation Army was on scene to help in the rehab efforts at the fire scene. There was no reports of any injuries, and the cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

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