MOUNT WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Three buildings were damaged by fire in Mount Washington Sunday. Today, displaced residents returned to the scene to try and salvage anything they could.
Two fire victims, Shane Rowe and Alexander Suder, went back inside of what’s left of their burned out home Monday morning.
The Art Institute students had lived there for nearly three years. The home was destroyed when flames erupted on East Sycamore Street around 2 p.m. Sunday.
“I was downstairs and I started smelling this burnt rubber smell and then just out of nowhere there was just this haze that showed up and we thought it was our furnace. So, we turned our furnace off and we checked that and it was fine,” Rowe said.
The students said their neighbor’s circuit box was apparently having electrical issues.
They said it sparked and then went up in flames, which quickly spread to their home and the one next door.
It took firefighters about an hour to get the flames under control.
“Our firefighters did an awesome job containing this fire, that spread very quickly to the three structures,” said Pittsburgh Police Spokeswoman Sonya Toler.
At least 14 people were displaced, but all made it out safely.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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