Building fire displaces families

Crews were at the scene of a fire at an apartment building in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Wednesday afternoon. Watch the full scene report in the video player above. The building, Virginia Manor Apartments, is located along Virginia Avenue. “I was sitting watching TV when someone came (knock) on my door very loudly, shouting ‘fire, fire, fire’ and with that I was smart enough to get up and leave,” said said Jim Craig, a resident of Virginia Manor Apartments. The video shows the damage done to several apartments by the 2-alarm fire. Officials said six apartments were affected. “When I first pulled over we had fire coming out of that second floor window and obviously spreading all the way to the third floor apartment,” the deputy fire company chief said. of Elizabeth Township, Dan Ridenour. “We were able to stop quickly, we stopped him from extending to the third floor, we stopped him at the window. The second floor apartment suffered extensive fire damage.” Samantha Kelly, who lives a stone’s throw from where the fire started, said her apartment was deemed unsafe for the night. “We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Kelly said. “They let us in (briefly), it was a bit (a) smoky haze. We could definitely smell it and everything, he said, the commander is really bad, (the fire marshal) couldn’t not even go in.” Officials said at least one pet died in the fire, but no other injuries were reported. The fire marshal is investigating the cause. Firefighters at the scene told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh that they do not suspect foul play and believe the fire may have started due to an electrical problem. The Red Cross said it has provided financial assistance to displaced families to ensure they have food and shelter. This is a developing story. Stay with Action News 4 from Pittsburgh for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with the latest news.

Crews were at the scene of a fire at an apartment building in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Wednesday afternoon.

Watch the full scene report in the video player above.

The building, Virginia Manor Apartments, is located along Virginia Avenue.

“I was sitting watching TV when someone came (knock) on my door very loudly, shouting ‘fire, fire, fire’ and with that I was smart enough to get up and leave,” said said Jim Craig, a resident of Virginia Manor Apartments.

The video shows the damage done to several apartments by the 2-alarm fire. Officials said six apartments were affected.

“When I first pulled over we had fire coming out of that second floor window and obviously spreading all the way to the third floor apartment,” the deputy fire company chief said. of Elizabeth Township, Dan Ridenour. “We were able to stop quickly, we stopped him from extending to the third floor, we stopped him at the window. The second floor apartment suffered extensive fire damage.”

Samantha Kelly, who lives a stone’s throw from where the fire started, said her apartment was deemed unsafe for the night.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Kelly said. “They let us in (briefly), it was a bit (a) smoky haze. We could definitely smell it and everything, he said, the commander is really bad, (the fire marshal) couldn’t not even enter.”

Officials said at least one pet died in the fire, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause. Firefighters at the scene told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh that they do not suspect foul play and believe the fire may have started due to an electrical problem.

The Red Cross said it has provided financial assistance to displaced families to ensure they have food and shelter.

This is a developing story. Stay with Action News 4 from Pittsburgh for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with the latest news.

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