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Montour High School Fire Probed

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NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene of the fire at Montour High School. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene of the fire at Montour High School. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

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MCKEES ROCKS (KDKA) — A fire that started on the roof of Montour High School Friday afternoon is under investigation.
The school’s campus on Clever Road in McKees Rocks has been a construction zone for months.

Building materials were scattered everywhere.

“Our engines couldn’t get in tight, our ladders couldn’t get in,” Moon Run Fire Chief Paul Kashmer said. “Finally, Station 128 Crafton jumped the curb and we were able to get in tight enough.”

Preliminary indications are a construction crew working on the roof may have touched it off.

“They were welding up there and one of the sparks from the welding apparently caught the tar paper on fire,” Robinson Township Police Officer Noel Pilewski said.

School was not in session. Assistant Superintendent Jason Burik says all of the high school students have been attending classes in the middle school because of the construction.

The fire was confined to the roof of the administration offices.

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