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Firefighters respond to North Huntingdon blaze

June 15, 2018

Firefighters were still investigating the cause of a fire that extensively damaged a home in North Huntingdon and killed two dogs Wednesday afternoon.

Hartford Heights First Assistant Chief Mark Gibas said that no one was home when the blaze broke out at 1:38 p.m. at 1138 Marcia Drive.

“I was the first one on the scene, and the fire was already coming out of the back and spread quickly through the roof. The cause is still under investigation, but it is believed to have started in the kitchen,” Gibas said.

Gibas said firefighters from several North Huntingdon departments, Irwin and Westmoreland City were able to quickly contain the blaze once units arrived.

Gibas was not sure who reported the fire but said it was initially reported as smoke coming from the structure.

“I’ve talked to the homeowners, and they are very distraught. The house was insured,” he said.

The homeowners were not identified.

Staff writer Renatta Signorini contributed.