JEANNETTE (KDKA) – Two firefighters were injured in an early morning fire in Westmoreland County.
According to officials at the scene, the two-alarm fire broke out around midnight at a building near the intersection of Lowry Avenue and Vine Street in Jeannette.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire was mainly in the basement and on the first floor.
Two firefighters were injured when part of the first floor collapsed. Both were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The fire was being fueled by a ruptured gas line in the basement where firefighters had to brave four feet of water in order to shut it off.
Union members surveyed the damage after fire destroyed the first floor of the building which Local 1145 used.
“Very little is salvageable, including 20 years’ worth of records. That’s what hurts the worst,” Timothy Wilkinson of Local 1145 said.
Since October of 2010, many of the last 18 fires in Jeannette have been arsons or considered suspicious.
The cause of this fire is unknown at this time.
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