House fire in West Tarentum went to 2nd alarm overnight


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West Tarentum, Pa. – Multiple fire companies battled a 2 alarm house fire in the 200 block of West 6th Avenue overnight that resulted in the structure becoming an apparent total loss with damages to vinyl siding on a neighboring structure.

Summit Hose Fire Chief Josh Fox said when crews rolled up on the residence about midnight, heavy smoke was showing from the 1st and 2nd floors as crews tapped fire hydrants to work on an interior attack as the fire quickly spread throughout the 1st floor. Flames could be seen coming from a first floor window near the rear of the 2 1/2 story residence.

Crews were able to get a quick knock-down on the fire but not before a residence next door sustained minor damages. Chief Fox said there was no fire extension to the second house. One firefighter was helped from the front of the structure to a rehab location across the street for minor medical attention. The firefighter did not appear injured and possibly suffering from heat exposure with temperatures in the mid 70’s and humidity about 84%.


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Chief Fox also said the fire was a bit more difficult to attack due to the size of the structure and how quickly the fire was spreading. At one point, an engine blared out with multiple sounds of a horn alerting crews inside to evacuate the structure. It was not immediately clear how many residents occupied the structure, possibly just 2.

By 1:30 am, interior crews were working inside checking for any additional fire extensions and initiating interior overhaul.

Pioneer Hose of Brackenridge was toned out for a rehab unit as well as a RIT crew from Lower Burrell VFD plus additional support from Hilltop Hose in Harrison Township and Arnold VFD from Westmoreland County.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal arrived on scene about 2:30 am to initiate his investigation.


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Pioneer Hose rehab was released from the scene at 3:15 am. Also assisting at the scene was Eureka Fire Rescue EMS and the Tarentum Police Department.

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