By Heather Abraham

DUQUESNE (KDKA) – A fast-moving fire destroyed two homes and damaged a third early Wednesday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 4:45 a.m. on North Fourth Street.

“Crews arrived on scene and found heavy fire coming from the rear of the first structure,” Chief Mark Piantine said.

“Due to the magnitude of the fire and the houses are so close together, the adjoining houses caught fire.”

Jeanette Curley’s house is right beside the home where the fire started and was not spared as it spread.

“Before the fire trucks got here, it had started burning bad. It started hitting our house,” Curley said.

Curley and another man at the house were able to get out, thanks to the neighbor who ran over to tell her the two homes were on fire.

“I woke up to fix breakfast. That’s what I woke up to. The guy next door banging on my door. He came in, he said the house is on fire,” Curley said.

Several neighboring fire departments were called in to assist given the extent of the fire and initially how out of control it was.

“It was a little bit tough, having three houses going. Had to call in extra crews,” Chief Piantine said.

The Red Cross is assisting two families with food, shelter, and clothing.

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