No one hurt in Vandergrift house fire

November 12, 2018

No one was hurt in a fire that damaged a house Tuesday on Vandergrift’s Hancock Avenue.

Fire Chief Steve Potoka said eight to 10 people live in the rented house at 910 Hancock Ave. The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m.

The fire started in the basement and may have been caused by a discarded cigarette, Potoka said. It was ruled accidental.

Belongings in the basement caught fire, and the fire traveled up through the first floor to the roof of the single-story wood structure, he said.

Firefighters had it under control in about 45 minutes.

“The guys did a great job,” he said. “They stopped it pretty quick. It could have been worse.”

Potoka said the house could be repaired, but for now it is not livable. The Red Cross was helping the residents.

Contrary to other reports, Potoka said a lab for making methamphetamines was not found in the basement of the house.

Vandergrift police could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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