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Fire burn vacant Braddock church

By ERIC RASMUSSEN, Senior Correspondent | August 22, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 082320112

August 22, 2020 – Braddock, Allegheny County – At 7:28pm, fire units were dispatched to a reported structure fire located in the area of Library Street. Rivers Edge 113 Assistant arrived on-scene and reported a smoke showing from a large commercial structure. After doing a 360 of the building, 113 Assistant reported heavy smoke coming from all four sides of a large vacant church and requested a second alarm. Arriving crews found a working fire near the roof area of the fire and began to attack the fire. A third alarm was requested as crews worked to open up the roof to release heat so interior crews could knock the rest of the fire down. Crews had a somewhat difficult time due to lighting and being forced to abandoned aerial operations. Crews worked for about two hours before the fire was placed under control. No was one was injured, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. There are reports of the building being struck by lighting prior to the fire.

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