New Kensington house sustains significant fire damage Sunday afternoon


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New Kensington, Pa. – There were no injuries to report after a house catches fire in the 700 block of Karl Avenue in New Kensington Sunday afternoon.

New Kensington Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said an Arnold firefighter responded to the residence and confirmed to Westmoreland 911 a working basement fire. Chief Saliba also said the fire along the joists spread up through the walls into the first floor kitchen area and continued up through the second floor.


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Crews concentrated on the joist area in the basement and a wall behind a kitchen cabinet. Fire crews vented the roof to remove heavy smoke from the structure. Chief Saliba said it appeared a contractor doing some work struck an electrical line that created a short that created a fire.

Damages to the basement area as well as the electrical system of the residence are significant. More than 50 firefighters responded and did an excellent job containing the fire and preventing it from being much worse, said Saliba. The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.


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