Vandergrift house sustains moderate damages after basement fire

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Vandergrift, Pa. – There were no injuries to report after fire of an accidental nature broke out in a residential structure about 5:30 pm Monday evening in the 900 block of Hancock Avenue.

Vandergrift #2 Fire Chief Steve Potoka said the fire spread from the basement to the second floor and caused moderate damage to the structure. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 45 minutes. Extinguishing the fire was tough on the fireman being the house was a hoarding situation, said Potoka.

Chief Potoka said there were approximately 8-10 people living in the house and they were being helped by the American Red Cross. One cat was rescued from the house.

Approximately 70 firefighters turned out in support of this fire event. Assisting Vandergrift #2, was Vandergrif #1, Allegheny Township, Lower Burrell RIT, Hyde Park, Washington Township, West Leechburg and Apollo VFD.

Also assisting were fire police units and Lower Kiski EMS.