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Noontime fire minor, shuts down Freeport Road in Aspinwall

Jan Pakler | For the Tribune-Review
Sharpsburg volunteer firefighters take directions from a upper roof deck after exiting a window on a commercial building on Freeport Road in Aspinwall on June 29, 2018.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune-Review
Aspinwall Fire Chief Gene Marsico shows a Duquesne Light worker where the damage was created from tar on a roof at a commercial building at 137 Freeport Road on June 29, 2018.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune-Review
Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Chief Gene Marsico speaks to a roofer after a accidental fire from a torch on a commercial office building on Freeport Road on June 29, 2018.
Jan Pakler | For the Tribune-Review
Volunteers from seven fire departments helped to quickly put out a roof fire on a commercial building in Aspinwall along Freeport Road, which shut down traffic on June 29, 2018.

An accidental fire damaged an attorney’s office and shut down traffic in the 100 block of Freeport Road in Aspinwall at about noon Friday.

Aspinwall fire Chief Gene Marsico said a roofing company was working on the porch roof. A propane torch was being used to heat tar when an ember apparently dropped behind a wall, he said.

“The second floor was smoky when we arrived,” he said. “We were able to rip out paneling near some windows. The fire was found and extinguished.”A heat-detecting camera was used to make sure the fire hadn’t spread inside the walls.Seven fire companies are routinely sent each time a fire is reported in Aspinwall and nearby communities.

That added to some of the traffic snarl.

Crews were able to leave in about an hour, Marsico said.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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