One dead, 10 injured in fire at Munhall high-rise |

One dead, 10 injured in fire at Munhall high-rise

Megan Guza

A 61-year-old man died Friday when a fire started in a Munhall high-rise where many residents have disabilities and need assistance to get around, authorities said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Richard Miller. Officials have not released a cause of death or indicated where in the building he was found.

Seven residents were taken to hospitals, said county Chief of Emergency Services Matt Brown. There was no information on their injuries or conditions. Three Munhall police officers were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Brown said.

Crews responded just before 5 a.m. to Parkview Towers on Caroline Street for a fire on the top floor, Brown said. The fire quickly rose through the roof, he said.

About 90 people live in the high-rise, and many have disabilities and use walkers and canes, Brown said.

“I had to go without my walker or my money or my anything,” resident Martha Hynde told Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV.

She and several others went to a shelter that was set up at the Messiah Lutheran Church on Main Street.

“We finally got on a very cold bus, and they drove us (to the shelter), and this is like heaven compared to where we were a short time ago,” resident Paul Robb told the TV station.

Brown said the fire was under control just before 7 a.m.

Buses from Port Authority, West Mifflin School District and Access transported displaced residents and acted as warming centers.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working with the Red Cross, Allegheny County Human Services and Salvation Army to provide shelter and housing options for displaced residents.

The Red Cross reported Friday afternoon that it is providing aid for 29 individuals, 20 of whom are receiving lodging assistance.

Nine police departments, 19 EMS agencies and 23 fire departments responded, including numerous tanker trucks from Westmoreland County.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Family members of residents can get more information by calling the management office at 412-461-2993.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or [email protected]

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