Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm North Side Apartment Building Blaze

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NORTH SIDE (KDKA) – Firefighters were called to a two-alarm apartment building fire on the North Side early Monday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out in the 3900 block of Perrysville Avenue around 5 a.m. The building is located across from Perry Traditional Academy, near the border of Perry North and Observatory Hill.

The fire was largely contained to the third floor of the building and there are no reported injuries.

“[A] very aggressive interior attack confined the fire fairly quickly, which allowed us to search the building. There were no people trapped in the building,” Pittsburgh Assistant Fire Chief Tom Cook said.

Tyrone Green’s uncle owned the building and recently passed away. He was also a pastor at the church next door.

“That was my uncle’s dream. He wanted us to come as one big family and keep the doors of the church open and he wanted the family to get together and be happy,” Green said.

Green said his mother also used to live in the building.

“I’m so grateful and thankful to God that she wasn’t here, because sometimes she be here by herself and no telling what might have happened,” he said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

This was not the first time firefighters were called to the building this year.

“We had a fire here back in September and the building was under renovation at that time and we required everyone to move out,” Cook said.

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