NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — Fire destroyed a home in New Castle early Sunday morning.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. at a home on the corner of Jefferson and West Lutton streets.

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When firefighters arrived at the scene, they could see flames from the left side of the home on the second floor.

It took firefighters at least an hour and a half to bring the fire under control, but hot spots were still popping up around 2:30 a.m.

The house was unoccupied, as the previous residents had recently moved out. Fire officials said the previous tenants were forced to move out two weeks ago because of code violations.

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The house is a total loss and will be torn down.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. It is being considered suspicious.

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