Last night, around 0015, the Allegheny County 911 Center received a call for smoke in the 100 block of Pennwood Avenue in Edgewood, just around the corner from the EVFD. As the call was being entered, Edgewood Police arrived on scene of a residential structure and advised of fire from the second floor. The call was upgraded and the run card was filled for a Residential Structure Fire. Due to members noticing the call being entered into the CAD system, within 10 seconds of dispatch, 137 Engine rolled out the door with a crew of 6.
137 Engine arrived on scene and reported a 2 story residential structure with heavy fire blowing out the 2nd floor and immediately requested a 2nd alarm. 137 Lieutenant established Pennwood command and advised that the Edgewood Police were reporting a vacant structure. 137 crews stretched an attack line and established their own water supply. Crews made a knock on the fire as exterior crews laddered the entire structure for safety.
Command was transferred to 137 Chief, who shortly thereafter requested a 3rd alarm assignment for manpower due to the frigid conditions. Command also requested the Salvation Army and a Port Authority bus for warming. 227 Chief assumed the role of Incident Safety Officer, ensuring the safety of all personnel during the snowy conditions.
The fire was placed under control approximately 40 minutes after dispatch. Crews remained on scene for around 2 hours for salvage and overhaul, and 137 crews remained on scene to assist the Fire Marshal until approximately 0330.
The house, which was on the market for sale, sustained extensive damage to the 2nd and 3rd floors. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal.