Apartment Fire Leaves 7 Injured and 1 Dead


The fire at the Parkview Towers Apartments in the 100 piece of Caroline Street was accounted for at 4:52 a.m. It began on the top floor and rapidly spread to the rooftop, said Matt Brown, head of region crisis administrations. The fire was brought under control by 7 a.m.

Authorities with the area fire marshal’s office are researching the cause. Munhall fire Chief Ed Pletsch affirmed that one individual had passed on and that seven different occupants were taken to nearby healing facilities. Still others were dealt with at the scene and given oxygen.

The character of the casualty has not been discharged. Authorities did not know the states of those harmed. Firefighters emptied around 90 elderly inhabitants, a hefty portion of whom have handicaps and utilize walkers and sticks, which made the procedure more troublesome, said Chief Brown.

Around 80 of those uprooted were taken to the adjacent Messiah Lutheran Church on Main Street, where the American Red Cross and Salvation Army set up a crisis protect. Mary Jo Craycraft, who acts as a volunteer with the Munhall fire office, knew to expect a “fiasco” when her pager went off and the police scanner began “going insane” just before 5 a.m.

“I heard immediately on the scanner it was at (Parkview Towers) and entrapment. ‘Patients can’t walk; they’re not portable.’ We knew they needed to get each one of those senior residents out of there,” she said, saying she and her significant other, John, a nearby constable, and her little girl, Kaitlin, went to the scene immediately. Mrs. Craycraft and her girl function as paraprofessionals at the Steel Valley School District. They canceled work. She said the fire was the most exceedingly awful she had seen in Munhall, where she’s carried on with her whole life, “not such a great amount of as a result of flame harm but rather in light of the mass measure of the inhabitants included.”


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