By Lindsay Ward

MONROEVILLE (KDKA) — Flames and smoke billowed from a home in Monroeville when a fire broke out there early Thursday morning.

The fire was first reported just before 6 a.m. along Center Road near Haymaker Road.

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Multiple crews were called to the scene to battle the blaze. They were seen cutting holes into the roof in order to vent the home.\

“We’re able to have a quick response. The response from the department here arriving two or three vehicles were here in the first five minutes of the call,” said Monroeville Police Chief Doug Cole.

Heavy smoke poured from the back of the house and the windows.

A neighbor tells KDKA that it was her husband who was smoking a cigarette on their front porch when he noticed smoke coming from the home.

He woke her up, which then had her running over and pounding on the front door, but no one responded.

“I was pounding on the front door. Nobody was answering. Pounding on the windows asking if anyone was home,” said neighbor Nora Nkonde.

She says she was very concerned because she knows at least one person, maybe more, lived inside and they were renovating the house.

Turns out, no one was inside the house at the time, and no one was injured.

Center Road was shut down while crews battled the fire.

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The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze. The home is a total loss.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.