EAST CARNEGIE (KDKA) – A Tuesday morning fire destroyed a local flooring company’s offices.
According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out in the 200-block of Noblestown Road around 6 a.m.
Neighbors said they heard some loud bangs before the flames erupted.
“It was a couple loud bangs and looked out the window and there was fire everywhere,” a neighbor said.
The fire kept growing because of chemicals and dry, wood flooring inside the business.
“This building’s occupied by a floor contractor so we had a lot of glue and flooring material inside the building, which we think increased the fire load and fed the fire,” Scott Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Adam Kauer said.
The intense heat and choking smoke concerned neighbors.
“I went in the house because I didn’t know if there [were] chemicals involved in that or anything,” Maureen O’Donnell said.
“The glue that was burning, we don’t feel is a hazard to the community. Also, we did notify the DEP to come because of the runoff into the stream,” Chief Kauer said.
Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to a personal storage facility next door.
The cause of the fire is unknown and may be difficult to determine given the extent of the damage caused.