Family dog perishes in McKeesport house fire |

Family dog perishes in McKeesport house fire

A McKeesport family’s dog died in a two-alarm fire yesterday afternoon.

McKeesport firefighters responded to the fire in the 1300 block of Maple Street at 1:16 p.m., said Capt. Jim Shields. The fire started in the rear of the home in the area of the kitchen, he said.

County fire marshals are investigating what started the blaze.

Emergency Medical Service technicians tried but were unable to revive the dog, Shields said. No other injuries were reported.

The home’s first floor sustained heavy fire damage, and there was extensive smoke damage throughout the two-story home, Shields said. The fire did not spread to neighboring homes, and firefighters extinguished it in about 30 minutes, he said.

The Red Cross provided shelter for an adult and four children who had been living in the house.

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