DUQUESNE (KDKA) — Two homes were destroyed by fire in the city of Duquesne.
One firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhausted.
The fire marshal tells KDKA-TV the fire started at 618 South Fifth Street and spread to 620 South Fifth Street.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause, but sources say a 16-year-old girl was home alone cooking on an outdoor grill in the backyard patio area when the fire got out of control.
A relative tried to douse it with water, but only made it worse because it was a grease fire.
Edmund Lewandowski is a 90-year-old WWII veteran from Poland. He was held in a German labor camp and rescued by the Allies.
He told KDKA-TV he saw the smoke when he was driving back home and couldn’t believe it.
“I said, ‘That couldn’t be my house,’” he said.
Crews said they had to rotate firemen every 15 minutes and brought in manpower because of the intense heat.
They also brought in tanker trucks for water.
Stay with KDKA for the latest developments.