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Massive Fire Destroys Valley Motel in Jefferson Hills

By ERIC RASMUSSEN, Senior Correspondent | February 27, 2022 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 030122100

JEFFERSON HILLS, PA – On February 27th at 8:53 P.M., fire crews were dispatched to Valley Hotel, located along New England Road, for a reported building fire.

Shortly after dispatch, Allegheny County 9-1-1 advised units that they were now receiving multiple calls for a building on fire. Arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the building and initiated an interior attack. A second-alarm was quickly requested as crews continued to attack the fire.

Less than 15 minutes into the incident an evacuation order was ordered and a defensive attack was set up. Crews lost water pressure from the local hydrants, so drafting operations were set up on the Monongahela River. Crews continued to battle the heavy fire for over two hours before it was brought under control at 11:22 P.M.

The Valley Hotel contained a bar and restaurant on the first floor and apartments on the second floor. The bar and restaurant just finished up renovations after being vacant since 2019, with an opening set for March. The building has been around for over 150 years, being built in the 1800’s.

One woman occupied an apartment and managed to escape safely. Fire crews were brought back to the scene several times throughout the day for rekindles and the building was torn down later in the day. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.