Apartment building fire leaves families displaced

Crews were at the scene of an apartment building fire in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, on Wednesday afternoon. Watch the full report from the scene in the video player above. The apartment building, Virginia Manor Apartments, is located along Virginia Avenue. “I was sitting watching the television when somebody came (banging) on my door very loudly, yelling ‘fire, fire, fire’ and with that, I was smart enough to get up and take off,” said Jim Craig, a resident of Virginia Manor Apartments.Video shows damage to several apartments from the 2-alarm fire. Officials said six apartments were impacted. “When I first pulled up, we had fire coming out this second floor window and obviously extending to the third floor apartment,” said Elizabeth Township Fire Company Deputy Chief Dan Ridenour. “We were able to get a quick stop on it, we stopped it from extending to the third floor we stopped it at the window. The second floor apartment does have extensive fire damage.” Samantha Kelly, who lives a row over from where the fire started, said her apartment was deemed unsafe for the night. “We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Kelly said. “They let us go in (briefly), it was kind of (a) smokey-like haze. We could definitely smell it and everything, he said the CO is real bad, (the fire marshal) couldn’t even go in.” Officials said at least one pet died in the fire, but no other injuries were reported. The fire marshal is investigating the cause. Firefighters at the scene told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they do not suspect foul play and believe the fire could have sparked due to an electrical issue. The Red Cross said they have provided financial help to the displaced families to ensure they have food and shelter. This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Crews were at the scene of an apartment building fire in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, on Wednesday afternoon.

Watch the full report from the scene in the video player above.

The apartment building, Virginia Manor Apartments, is located along Virginia Avenue.

“I was sitting watching the television when somebody came (banging) on my door very loudly, yelling ‘fire, fire, fire’ and with that, I was smart enough to get up and take off,” said Jim Craig, a resident of Virginia Manor Apartments.

Video shows damage to several apartments from the 2-alarm fire. Officials said six apartments were impacted.

“When I first pulled up, we had fire coming out this second floor window and obviously extending to the third floor apartment,” said Elizabeth Township Fire Company Deputy Chief Dan Ridenour. “We were able to get a quick stop on it, we stopped it from extending to the third floor we stopped it at the window. The second floor apartment does have extensive fire damage.”

Samantha Kelly, who lives a row over from where the fire started, said her apartment was deemed unsafe for the night.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Kelly said. “They let us go in (briefly), it was kind of (a) smokey-like haze. We could definitely smell it and everything, he said the CO is real bad, (the fire marshal) couldn’t even go in.”

Officials said at least one pet died in the fire, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause. Firefighters at the scene told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they do not suspect foul play and believe the fire could have sparked due to an electrical issue.

The Red Cross said they have provided financial help to the displaced families to ensure they have food and shelter.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.