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Unextinguished Cigarette Destroys Penn Hills Home

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

PENN HILLS, PA – On March 22nd at 12:22 A.M., firefighters were dispatched to the 1000 block of 6th Street for a reported house fire. Police arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire. Fire crews arrived and found the rear of the structure well involved with exposure issues. Crews quickly went to work with an interior attack while knocking down the fire spreading to the exposure. A second-alarm was requested as crews worked for over three hours before the fire was brought under control. A man was home at the time of the fire and managed to escape with his dog, then alerted his neighbor who also escaped safely. The house was deemed a total loss. The cause of the fire was determined to be from an unextinguished cigarette on the back deck. No one was injured.

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ERIC RASMUSSENSenior Correspondent

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