Fire destroys Penn Hills home; Man walks dog safely – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A fire destroyed a home in Penn Hills overnight.

The Penn Hills Fire Chief said everyone was able to get out of the house safely, but the house is likely a total loss.

The chief said the house was engulfed in flames when crews arrived at the scene around 12:30 p.m.

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He said the fire started in the back and ripped through the house, adding that the tenant didn’t completely put out his cigarette after smoking on the back porch.

This tenant got up later to use the washroom when he saw smoke and fire on the back porch. When he ran out of the house, he left the front door open, which further fueled the flames.

The fire was still burning with clouds of smoke billowing from the roof of the house around 2 a.m.

“You could see flames,” neighbor Michael Garia said. “We thought he was cooking or something behind his back. Next thing you know, it got bigger and bigger.

The chief said firefighters had no problem putting out the fire.

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The man and his dog got out safe and sound.

Home owner Michael DiCocca said he was sad his tenant now needed a place to live.

“The tenant is actually a friend of mine,” he said. “We work together, and it’s sad to see that he doesn’t have a place to live right now.”

The tenant knocked on the door of the house next door to make sure they were okay. This house also sustained damage, with the siding of the house having melted.

Stick with KDKA for more on this developing story.

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