Chief: Dog killed in fire that severely damaged Tarentum house

October 2, 2018
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Dark smoke pours from the second and third floors of a structure that is on fire along the 200 block of West Sixth Avenue in Tarentum.

A dog died in a fire that severely damaged a home late Monday on Tarentum’s West Sixth Avenue, according to Summit Hose Company Fire Chief Josh Fox.

Two people who had been sleeping inside when the fire started were not injured, Fox said.

“They were in bed and the dogs barked,” Fox said.

The American Red Cross was finding temporary housing for the people. Fox did not identify them.

The fire was reported just before midnight in the 200 block of West Sixth.

“The downstairs burned pretty bad and it extended into the second floor and third floor, where the smoke damage was pretty bad,” Fox said.

Fox said it appears the fire started near the home’s circuit breaker box. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.

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