Fire marshal rules arson in Herminie blaze |

Fire marshal rules arson in Herminie blaze

A fire that destroyed a vacant house near Herminie Wednesday night has been ruled arson.

The 1 12-story single-family house on Limerick Road in Sewickley Township was not served by any utilities when it caught fire, said state police fire marshal Trooper Chet Bell.

Herminie Fire Chief Eric Kline said the house was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived at the scene. No injuries were reported, Kline said.

The fire was reported at about 9:50 p.m. and firefighters remained on the scene until about 1:15 a.m., a county Department of Public Safety emergency dispatcher said.

Herminie firefighters were assisted by numerous neighboring fire departments, Kline said.

The firefighters initially had trouble getting a sufficient amount of water from a nearby fire hydrant, but the problem was resolved when the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County directed more water into the line, Kline said.

David J. Shaffer of Sewickley Township is listed as the owner of the house, according to the Westmoreland County Tax Bureau.

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