6 houses damaged by 4-alarm fire in Scott |

6 houses damaged by 4-alarm fire in Scott

Jason Cato
Guy Wathen | Trib Total Media
Firefighters wrap up at the scene of a four-alarm fire that damaged several homes on Noblestown Road in Scott early Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Guy Wathen | Trib Total Media
South Park residents Robert Craig, left, and Stephen Hale, drive a stake into the ground while working for 1-800-BOARDUP at the scene of a four-alarm fire that damaged several homes on Noblestown Road in Scott early Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Guy Wathen | Trib Total Media
Extensive damage at the scene of a four-alarm fire that damaged several homes on Noblestown Road in Scott early Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.

A four-alarm fire in Scott early Saturday destroyed seven residences and displaced more than 20 people.

No one was hurt, although an elderly woman was taken to a hospital for evaluation, East Carnegie fire Chief Adam Kauer said.

It took firefighters three hours to get the fire under control. They were still extinguishing hot spots in the afternoon.

“Anytime you have a structural collapse like that, you’re going to have a lot of hot spots,” Kauer said.

Damaged by the fire were two triplexes and a single-family house in the 300 block of Noblestown Road.

One triplex burned to the ground. The metal shells of two cars sat in front of the rubble. A set of concrete steps lead to a pile of charred debris and a toppled column of bricks that once was a rental unit.

The property owners visited the scene but declined to comment.

The family that rented the single-family house relocated there after an Aug. 29 fire on Hoff Avenue forced them out of their previous residence, Kauer said.

Neighbors said they awoke after 3:45 a.m. to a car honking repeatedly.

“Somebody stopped out here and was laying on the horn trying to wake everybody up,” said Kenneth McCabe, 34, who lives with his family two doors away from the fire.

A fence line of red-and-green candy canes cordoned off a cast of holiday inflatables in the McCabes’ yard. The colorful Santas, reindeer, penguin, Christmas tree and animated robot contrasted with the blackened debris steps away.

One young mother living in one of the homes that burned recently bought a new bed for herself and a bedroom suite for her 7-month-old baby, Tawnya McCabe, 38, said.

“They barely had anything,” she said. “And now, they lost that. They lost everything, all them people.”

The American Red Cross said they assisted 13 adults and nine children who were impacted by the fire.

Allegheny County fire marshals are investigating. Fire crews from more than a half dozen departments responded to the fire.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or [email protected].

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