New Kensington fire damages industrial building next to Ninth Street Bridge
A large industrial building just off of the Ninth Street Bridge in New Kensington was damaged by fire just before midnight Wednesday.
New Kensington’s First Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said there were no reports of injury.
He said the interior sustained “considerable smoke and heat damage as well as some fire damage.”
Saliba said the building has housed the H.R. Curry Company, Inc. for about five years. According to its website, it specializes in specialty refractory materials and manufacturing precast shapes.
The 42,000-square-foot site is the former Union Spring and Manufacturing Co., which the assistant chief said closed in the 1980s.
Westmoreland County 911 said fire was reported at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Saliba said firefighters cut a large hole in the side of the corrugated metal building, facing Industrial Boulevard in order to gain quick access. They also broke through a door to get another angle on the fire.
According to Saliba, the fire was considered to be under control at about 12:20 and extinguished about 20 minutes later.
He said four New Kensington fire companies responded.
An emergency dispatcher said Lower Burrell’s rapid intervention unit was called in, too.
Dave Williams is assistant city editor of the Trib’s Valley News Dispatch edition. Reach him at 724-226-4667, at [email protected] or @DWilliamsVND. Staff photographer Louis B. Ruediger contributed to this report.