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Vacant Vandergrift house damaged in arson

posted Feb 10, 2012, 9:13 PM by Joseph Gray   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 9:19 PM ]
Friday, February 10, 2012
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Fire set intentionally
An intentionally set fire damaged an unoccupied house at the end Wallace Street near Holmes Street in Vandergrift early Thursday, a deputy state fire marshal said."It was arson," said Trooper Kevin Karwatsky. Fire officials said the blaze appears to have started on the porch. The porch and first floor sustained the most damage. It's unclear if the cause of the fire is similar to other area arson The fire rekindled shortly after 2 p.m. No one was hurt during either fire.There were no working utilities in the house, and the fire appears to have been set, said Vandergrift Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 Chief Steve Potoka.He said the 911 call came shortly before 5 a.m. and the blaze was under control within 45 minutes. It's unclear who called 911. About 50 firefighters from eight companies helped to put out the fire, Potoka said. The winter cold challenged the volunteers. Tanker trucks were on standby as a precaution because of hydrant concerns. In addition to Vandergrift No. 1 and 2, firefighters came from West Leechburg, Hyde Park, Parks, Markle and Sardis and the Lower Burrell rapid intervention team was there was a precaution. A damage estimate wasn't available.

Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch

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