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Crews Respond To Fire, Power Outage In Cold Weather

(Credit: KDKA)

(Credit: KDKA)

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EAST MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — A two-and-a-half story house in East McKeesport suffered heavy damage in a two-alarm fire.

No one was injured, and everyone got out of the house safely, including several pets.

Fire Chief Shane Spielvogle of the United Volunteer Fire Rescue told KDKA-TV they had to rotate firefighters and bring in heating devices because of the cold weather.

He also said they had a small problem with frozen hydrants, but fortunately, they were able to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent homes. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

In Squirrel Hill, meantime, a Duquesne Light crew was working on Saline Street, trying to repair equipment in a power failure at the Weinberg Village complex, which is an assisted living residence and Jewish hospice.

A Weinberg spokeswoman says the power failure caused no major problems; however, KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti talked to a visitor to the home, who painted an entirely different picture.

The woman didn’t want to be identified. She said they’ve had no heat since around Noon, only one elevator was working in the building and she had to put a blanket around her mother, who uses a wheelchair.

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