Firefighters respond to a basement fire in New Kensington

© Image Copyright | Photojournalist |Paul R. Lowes | AKVNEWS.COM 11:25 am

New Kensington, Pa. – Three fire departments from New Kensington and a Rapid Intervention Team were dispatched for a basement fire in the 900 block of 5th Avenue about 11:15 am Thursday morning.

New Kensington Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said the fire appears to be electrical in nature with minor smoke damage. Fire crews were investigating an electrical panel and providing ventilation to the structure. Chief Saliba said that if the fire had broken out overnight, this would be a different story.

The incident occurred at Bartolacci Brothers at the rear of the structure on Barnes Street. There were no injuries reported in the incident. Crews were leaving the scene as of 12 noon.

By: AKVNEWS Staff Writer Lorraine Radaker