NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) — Smoke billowed over New Kensington when fire broke out at an abandoned building Thursday evening.
The first alarm came in right after 7 p.m. at the three-story commercial brick building at the corner of Tenth Street and Fourth Avenue in the downtown area.READ MORE: Summer Storms And Extreme Heat In Pennsylvania: What You Need To Know To Stay Safe
Assistant Chief Ed Saliba Jr., of the New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “New Kensington Police arrived on the scene within seconds. Being that the police station is a block away, they were doing paper work in the station.”
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Several people were evacuated from a nearby occupied building as a precaution.
Investigators say this fire, like one in the same building back in September of 2014, was no accident.
“The building was boarded up and secured; however, someone got into it [Thursday night], and lit it up,” Chief Saliba said. “It looks like three people are in custody right now, including two juveniles and one adult.”READ MORE: Car Crashes Into Mike's Auto Body Shop In Larimer
Those three people have been identified as two boys, ages 10 and 12, and an 18-year-old female. They have been released to their parents.
It is unclear if charges will be filed at this time.
The building once housed a secondhand store.
The utilities in the structure were turned off three years ago after the first fire, and they were never reconnected.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police, Mayor Bill Peduto Teach Young Kids During Youth Bike Safety Day
New Kensington Police picked up the suspects within minutes of arriving at the downtown location.