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Fire Destroys Large Westmoreland County Home

By ERIC RASMUSSEN, Senior Correspondent | May 21, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 052220108

Mt. Pleasant Twp., PA – At 12:36 A.M. on May 21st, Westmoreland County fire crews were dispatched to the 1600 block of Kecksburg Rd. for a reported deck on fire attached to a residence. Additional calls were then received of a reported house on fire. Arriving crews found heavy fire showing from the 'Charlie' side and began to attack the fire. The fire quickly grew as crews had issues with hydrant pressure, so multiple tankers were requested from Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset Counties. Less than 45 minutes after the first units arrived, all units were evacuated from the building and defensive operations began. Crews remained on-scene for over five hours trying to extinguish the fire. Two people were home at the time of the fire but escaped without injury. The fire is believed to have started from a fire pit that was located on the deck.

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