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Suspected Arson Destroys 1 Home, Damages 2 Others

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SPRING HILL (KDKA) – One home was destroyed and two others were damaged by a suspected arson fire on the North Side early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were busy this morning in Spring Hill battling not one, but three house fires and neighbors are a little concerned.

“We are really concerned about the abandoned houses in the neighborhood. We have another one that is abandoned. We don’t know it it’s arson or a fire bug. Yeah, with the little one we are kind of concerned about that,” Lisa Freiss, a neighbor said.

One house was destroyed, another was heavily damaged, while a third sustained some more minor damage.

Lorry Gevenosky lives next door to the house that was gutted by the flames. When firefighters pulled up to the scene, 1030 Yetta Avenue was fully engulfed around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Neighbors said it had been vacant for the last several months.

“My dogs started barking. I woke up, could tell there was a fire, so I hurried up and gathered up my dogs and got out of the house,” Gevenosky said. “It burned my whole roofing. I have fire and smoke damage. I can’t live in the house.”

Ed Nassan owns a house on Lappe Lane around the corner. The flames were so hot the aluminum siding melted on his rental property.

Investigators suspect arson and one homeowner said they could be right on target since it has happened here before.

“I owned property that was right here. That was [targeted by] arson four times, all happened in the year 2008,” Nassan said.

Neighbors pointed out other vacant houses in the community and worry this could happen again.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there are no reported injuries.

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