MCKEES ROCKS (KDKA)- Fire swept through an apartment building late Tuesday night in McKees Rocks, which forced two families out of their homes.
According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 11:30 p.m. on the first floor of an apartment building on Woodward Avenue.
Heavy fire was seen in the front and rear of the building when crews arrived.
“The fire originated on the first floor, burned up through the second floor and into the roof rafters. We were able to stop it at that point,” said McKees Rocks Fire Chief Nick Raydoycis.
He said the fire marshal is investigating the cause.
Two of the apartments were occupied by families, but they were all able to escape without injury.
The American Red Cross is assisting the families with food, clothing and shelter.
There were some concerns of the fire spreading to the homes next door. Firefighters also faced quite a challenge in the rear of the building.
“The back of this building is actually four stories down the hill, so it presented some tactical difficulties,” said Chief Raydoycis.
The fire was eventually put out a little after midnight.
The landlord of the building says the fire marshal determined the fire started in a chair in the vacant apartment in the building.
He says the apartment is often broken into.
A bird died in last night’s fire. The landlord says his family has owned the building for more than 100 years, but he doesn’t have insurance.
He isn’t sure where he will go from here.