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Wexford Fire Chief: Pine Twp. Blaze May Have Started In Attic

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PINE TOWNSHIP (KKDA) — Firefighters had a tough time battling a blaze this morning in Pine Township.

Gray-black smoke could be seen pouring from the top of the home in the 200-block of Brennan Road. The fire broke out around 8:20 a.m.

According to Wexford Volunteer Fire Department Fire Captain Tim Flaherty, the fire seemed to be in the upper part of the house, including the attic.

He told KDKA’s Brenda Waters that it proved to be a difficult fire to fight because of additions built onto the home.

“The problem is there are multiple levels of roof due to additions over the years, so they are chasing the fire around inside those different levels of the roof additions that have been put on over the years,” said Flaherty. “So, it’s a little bit of a stubborn fire.”

At one point, the firefighters were called out of the home over concerns about the stability of the roof, but it did not collapse.

“We were just concerned, some of the roof structure was starting to collapse and we had crews working up on the second floor,” said Flaherty. “We were just concerned for their safety.”

The family was not home when the fire started. No injuries were reported.

Roy McDonough says he was on his way to the house to help his niece clean.

“We come in and clean every Thursday morning. When she got here, she started cleaning and smelled smoke and called the fire department,” said McDonough.

According to neighbors, a couple, Catherine and Edward Deitz, own home. They also own Deitz Florist in Bellevue.

KDKA’s Brenda Waters called the shop today, but the person who answered phone said they had no comment.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

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