WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Authorities have ruled a house fire that broke out this afternoon in West Mifflin accidental; however, the cause has not been determined.
The fire, which spread from the outside of a townhouse to the home next door, displaced two families.
From the front, it appears that there was no damage to two town homes on Anna Street, but West Mifflin firefighters had their hands full containing flames in the rear.
“The engine rounded the corner, heavy smoke showing, so we automatically called for a full second alarm, which brought five additional fire companies and we had a quick knock down,” said Chief Jason Spade, of the West Mifflin Fire Department.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. At first, fire crews blamed a rear air conditioning unit as the cause, but that was later ruled out.
The flames moved quickly up the walls and into one of the homes.
“Fire made entry into the basement and the first floor,” said Chief Spade. “The residence suffered heavy to moderate smoke damage.”
No one was injured, and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
The displaced families are being assisted with food, clothing and shelter by the American Red Cross.