By Ralph Iannotti

MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — A suspicious fire destroyed a vacant house on Lime Street in McKeesport.

It’s the fourth suspicious fire in McKeesport. Two houses on East Street and a house on Forest Street were also targeted.

The fire marshal is investigating cause of Tuesday’s fire.

McKeesport police say a thunderstorm was in the area at the time of the fire and that it’s possible lightning could have started the fire.

However, vacant house fires are treated as suspicious until a case is determined by the fire marshal.

Firefighters had trouble putting out the fire. One of the problems was logistics. The house sits on a hillside accessible only by steep city steps.

There were no injuries and the home was vacant for 20 years.

Randy Langler, a neighbor, said he thinks someone is responsible for the fire.

“It seems quite suspicious that a bunch of abandoned houses [are] going to go up in flames out of nowhere,” he said.

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