MT. WASHINGTON (KDKA) – At least three homes have been damaged by a Sunday morning three-alarm fire in Mt. Washington.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started at a home in the 400-block of Kambach Street shortly after 10 a.m.

The flames quickly intensified and fully engulfed the home. As a result, homes on either side suffered extensive smoke and water damage.

A mother and son were inside the home when the fire started, both were able to get out safely.

“Didn’t take long, either. She tried to get the dogs, but, they ran,” the woman’s brother, George Anderson, said. “Guess they were scared, but God will work it out.”

Officials say three families were displaced as a result of the fire.

Firefighters had a tough time putting out the fire between below-freezing temperatures and navigating trucks and equipment through Mt. Washington’s narrow streets lined with parked cars.

“The initial responding crews had a little bit of access problems, because of parked cars on the corners, delayed our attack, going into operations,” Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Assistant Chief Tom Cook said.

Neighbors say they’ve complained before about the neighborhood parking situation.

“Over on the corners, here, you got yellow lines. That means no parking, but they park here, anyway,” Anderson said. “House up the road burned down last year, because they couldn’t get fire trucks up there, and the same situation here. They had a hard time getting in here.”

One neighbor said he plans to complain to his city councilman Monday.

Officials say three families were displaced as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed to have started in the kitchen.

There are no reports of injuries.


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