Firefighters Battle Flames, Heat In Homewood Duplex Blaze

HOMEWOOD (KDKA) – Firefighters were called to the scene of a duplex fire in Homewood, but the high temperatures outside made it even more difficult to fight.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out shortly after midnight in the 100-block of Wheeler Street.

The duplex was unoccupied at the time and the cause of the fire is unknown. Due to it being a vacant building, firefighters used a surround and drown approach to knock down the flames.

Firefighters also had to deal with near 80 degree temperatures outside while fighting the fire, which meant precautions had to be taken to keep everyone cool and hydrated.

“We took extra precautions because of the heat with the guys taking their coats off a little early since we were in a defensive attack mode. Keep them hydrated, do what we can just so they don’t overheat,” Battalion Chief Robert Cox said.

There are no reported injuries in this fire.

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