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Plum, Pa. – Firefighters from surrounding communities responded to a full involved house fire near 160 Coxcomb Hill road in Plum Borough.
Headed to the scene, thick black smoke could be seen traveling up the hill towards the fire location. Several fire trucks were positioned near the front of the structure that was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The fire was so intense that firefighters had no chance of saving the house. As the fire raged, ammunition could be heard popping off for some five minutes as the blaze intensified.
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Because of the intense heat and fear of structure collapse, firefighters abandoned hoses and moved to a safe area near the first engine into the scene. Shortly after moving from the front of the structure, the rear portion collapsed sending it into the front portion of the house which caused the front of the structure to come crashing down to the ground. The order from fire command to move firefighters away from the front of the structure most certainly prevented injury or death to firefighters. Coxcomb Hill is closed temporarily.
Two vehicles in front of the structure eventually caught fire and were destroyed. It’s not known if there are any injuries or if the structure was occupied. AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more information becomes available.
A partial list of fire companies: Logans Ferry VFD, New Kensington Fire Departments, Lower Burrell, Kinloch, Sardis and Plum EMS Services.