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Firefighters extinguish fire that damages 6 cabs at Yellow Cab Co.

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Andrew Russell | Trib Total Media
Pittsburgh firefighters secure the scene of a fire at the Yellow Cab company in Manchester where six cabs where damaged by fire, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.

A fire on Thursday damaged six cabs at Yellow Cab Co.’s headquarters on Beaver Avenue in Manchester.

Pittsburgh Police Lt. Shirley Sloan said mechanics were repairing cars in the far corner of the North Side building’s parking lot when one caught fire shortly after 2 p.m., which spread to other nearby vehicles.

Crews extinguished the flames in 10 to 15 minutes, said Battalion Chief Doug Praskovich. The fire burned the vehicles, leaving them charred and smoldering. The odor of melted rubber and gasoline lingered.

Pittsburgh police and fire crews responded to the scene. The call initially came in as a report of a propane tank explosion. But the exploding sound that employees said they heard was likely tires rupturing on the vehicles, Praskovich said.

There were no reports of injuries. The building was not damaged, but authorities evacuated it as a precaution.

Yellow Cab driver Clancy Coddington was ending his shift when the fire broke out. He said employees weren’t sure what was happening, so they called 911.

Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8511 or [email protected].

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