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MIKE WERRIES | For the Tribune-Review
Fire heavily damaged a house in the 300 block of Butler Street in Springdale late Thursday. Dec. 29, 2016
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MIKE WERRIES | For the Tribune-Review
Fire heavily damaged a house in the 300 block of Butler Street in Springdale late Thursday. Dec. 29, 2016
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Multiple area fire companies battle a blaze that heavily damaged a house in the 300 block of Butler Street in Springdale on Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Multiple area fire companies battle a blaze that heavily damaged a house in the 300 block of Butler Street in Springdale on Thursday night, Dec. 30, 2016.
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A firefighter peers from in the interior of a home on Butler Street in Springdale that was heavily damaged by a fire that broke out late Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016.
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Louis B. Ruediger | Tribune-Review
Multiple fire companies battled a blaze in Springdale late Thursday night, Dec. 29, 2016.

A fire that broke out late Thursday destroyed a house in Springdale.

The house, which included two apartments, is located at 326 Butler St., at the corner of High Street.

Hannah Schweitzer, 22, the homeowner’s granddaughter, said her grandmother, Janis Schweitzer, and a companion were taken to a hospital for treatment of what she called minor burns.

The home’s other tenant was not at the scene and could not be immediately identified.

The fire reportedly broke out at about 10:30 p.m.

Springdale Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Kris Bendenelli said the cause of the fire is under investigation and that the extent of the damage could not yet be estimated, though the home is unlivable.

Bendenelli said that crews from five area fire departments responded to the blaze, which at its height had fully enveloped the home and set nearby trees on fire.

Investigators from the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene.

Representatives from the Red Cross were present, but Hanna Schweitzer said her grandmother would be staying with family after she was released from the hospital.

Matthew Medsger is a freelance writer.

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