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SHERADEN (KDKA) — Fire heavily damaged a family’s home in Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood Sunday, but they were feeling fortunate that they weren’t home when the fire broke out.

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It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Canopolis Street.

Firefighters needed to take axes to the second floor to ventilate and gain better access to some smoldering spots.

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Reid Scharding, a retired Pittsburgh firefighter, owns the home where his daughter lives with her boyfriend, a toddler and a baby. All four were visiting family in Beechview and came home to find the house on fire.

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Two dogs got out of the house safely.

According to Scharding, the damage is significant, but he is just thankful everyone is OK.

“I’m just thankful they weren’t in there. I can replace the house,” Scharding said. “A lot of water damage, a lot of smoke damage.”

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Investigators are on the way to determine the cause of the fire, which seems to have originated on the second floor.

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Scharding says his family will be staying with him and his wife for now. As a former firefighter, he says he was careful to install smoke detectors throughout the house.