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Four-Alarm Fire Damages Stores in Pittsburgh's Strip District

By Eric Rasmussen, Senior Correspondent | April 22, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 042320118

City of Pittsburgh, PA - At 8:07 P.M. on April 22nd, City of Pittsburgh firefighters were dispatched to the 1700 block of Penn Avenue in the city’s Strip District for a report of smoke and flames coming from a building.

3 Engine was first to arrive reporting a working fire with heavy smoke showing from a three-story warehouse type building. Arriving crews made entry into the building and encountered heavy smoke and high heat on the second floor, with reports of burning debris on that level.

When crews got to the third floor, they found heavy fire conditions. Flames then erupted from the roof of the building as the fire quickly grew to four alarms. Crews aggressively attacked the fire, knocking the bulk of it down in about 30 minutes. The fire was placed under control in about an hour as crews remained on-scene for some time performing overhaul and extinguishing hot spots.

One firefighter sustained a shoulder injury and was transported to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported. The fire was able to be contained to two upper units of the building.

Yinzers, a Pittsburgh sports themed merchandise store located directly under the fire, sustained smoke and water damage. A party supply store, also located along the first floor, sustained minor damage. The fire is now under investigation.

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