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DUQUESNE (KDKA) — Fire broke out at an abandoned house in Duquesne today, and quickly spread to the home next door.

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The man that lived in the home next door lost everything.

Duquesne resident Joe Conrad said he watched his house go up in flames. Conrad’s is the house next door to where the abandoned home caught fire and he says he has watched his share of vandalism on his street. He says it’s made living here tough the last few years.

Today’s fire on his street in the first block of south 7th Street in Duquesne broke out in that abandoned home around 11:20 this morning.

An army of Duquesne firefighters responded as flames shot from the window and smoke poured from the second floor. Firefighters were in the ladder trucks extending over the blaze to try and get it under control.

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The quick moving fire spread to the house next door. Conrad was inside his home at the time when he heard a commotion and came running out. He said the abandoned house next door that caught fire has been a hangout of late to teens in the area.

He watched as the fire jumped to his house and he had this message for others living in challenged neighborhoods.

“Everybody just take care of yourself man and appreciate what you got,” Conrad said. “You know if you don’t like what’s going on work to change it but you’re putting people in danger like all these firefighters are out here risking their life, trying to save my house and the neighbors house.”

Joe said he never asked the city to tear down the abandoned home next door because he knew the city was already dealing with many other abandoned structures, broken windows,boarded up doors and abandoned homes just on his street alone.

The Fire Marshall is investigating, no cause of the fire has been released yet. Fortunately no one was hurt.

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