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MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – Nine people have been displaced after a two-alarm fire in McKeesport early Friday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started in the 700 block of Ridge Street around 6:30 a.m.

A resident told firefighters they noticed fire in the walls.

“They said a fire in the wall, they thought it was electrical,” McKeesport Fire Dep. Chief Don Sabol said.

What firefighters thought would be a pretty small fire to put out, quickly began to spread.

“On the uphill side, we had fire in a wall. No sooner than we hit that we had fire popping up in a couple other places on this side and then the other side went off,” Sabol said. “We thought we would have a quick put out, we knocked the first one out and it started popping up everyone on us.”

Sabol described the fire damage as significant- on both sides of the home.

“This was an older building, it’s been renovated a lot. There’s paneling and drywall and suspended ceilings and stuff. Apparently the fire was traveling in there on us,” he said.

The Red Cross is assisting two families consisting of three adults and six kids who were displaced.

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