By Ross Guidotti

MONESSEN, Pa. (KDKA) – A fire in Monessen late Wednesday morning heavily damaged two houses.

Crews from around the area helped douse the flames at Ninth Street and Locust Avenue. It got a good start and wind made matters worse, making it even more difficult for already tired crews.

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NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene.

(Photo Credit: NewsChopper 2/KDKA)

It’s been a busy week for the Monessen Fire Department.

“Counting homes this will be the fifth home from Monday to Tuesday in a week’s period,” said Fire Chief Delmar Hepple.

Despite that, Monessen’s fire chief says all things considered, “Saved two occupied homes on the end so it was a pretty good morning, good stop.”

It’s still not clear how this fire started. Investigators are now starting to sort through the charred remains to see if they can pinpoint a cause.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.