BALDWIN (KDKA) – Firefighters worked to put out a blaze in Baldwin Thursday.

Firefighters say fortunately no one was home when the fire started. They were able to quickly get to work to put it out.

Through what used to be a window, you can see the scorched bedroom where the fire is believed to have started. Baldwin Borough Firefighters were in a good location to get the home very quickly.

“Our station’s right over the hill,” Capt. Brian Zimmerman with the Baldwin VFD said. “We saw the smoke coming from the second floor from our station.”

“We arrived on scene,” he added. “Smoke was showing. And then once we started pulling the lines, fire started coming from the second story window.”

Because they were able to quickly control and put out the fire, crews went to work to protect items in the house from further water damage.

“We shut the utility down, gas and electric,” Zimmerman said. “We salvaged what we could from the first floor. We protected the couches and entertainment center.”

The family who lives at the house on Vernon Avenue did not want to speak on camera. They were not home when the fire started. The fire captain says he believes, despite the fire damage to the bedroom, the family should be able to repair the damage.

“There’s some minor water damage to the first floor and to the basement,” Zimmerman said. “But the crews did the overhaul and salvaged what they could so hopefully the cost will be a minimum.”

Allegheny County Fire Marshals are continuing the investigation into the cause.

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