CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – An abandoned home in Butler County was destroyed by an early Wednesday morning fire.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 1 a.m. in the 6700-block of Old Mars Crider Road in Cranberry Township.

When firefighters arrived, the second floor of the home was on fire. It took them about two hours to extinguish the flames.

Due to the location of the house, firefighters were faced with the problem of getting water to the scene.

“It’s actually a pretty far run for us. We have hydrants throughout the township. We were prepared ahead of time, we always try to prepare these buildings ahead of time. We had tankers already on standby. If we were to lay line it would probably be close to 4,000 feet,” Cranberry Township Fire Chief Brian Kovac said.

The house had been abandoned for some time and there were no utilities running to it. Firefighters had used the house for training as recently as Tuesday, but there is no indication that caused the blaze.

The property is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and will be the future sight of the new North Catholic High School.

The cause of the fire is unknown and investigators are expected to be at the scene later in the day.

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