On Thursday, August 14, 2003 at approximately 10:20p.m. City of Pittsburgh EOC received multiple calls reporting a fire at the Highland Hills Apartments located on Oakhill Road in the Banksville section of the City of Pittsburgh. First arriving units reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the upper floor of a large multi-unit apartment complex. The incident quickly escalated to a 5-alarm fire. Crews were ordered out of the building as the roof was ready to collapse. Firefighters set up for a defensive attack and were able to bring the blaze under control by approximately 11:30p.m. Crews remained on the scene for an extended period of time, performing extensive overhaul operations. A 30-year-old Coraopolis man has been arrested and charged in connection with starting the intense blaze.
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