Firefighters Let Pennsylvania Row House Burn

Dec. 4, 2008
It will be easier to demolish now.


A fire destroyed a four unit row house in Hazelwood Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers said three of the four units were occupied when flames engulfed the structure in the 200 block of Courtland Street.

"I saw flames and I saw my neighbor that lived in the house jumping over the couch, jumping out of the house yelling 'Oh my God, my house is on fire!' And crying and screaming. And she's like 'Somebody call 911, we don't have a phone!' So I dialed 911 to have them come. And it was just a small fire at that point," said witness Tracy Dillinger.

The fire then erupted into an enormous blaze. Once it was clear that the four units in the building couldn't be saved, firefighters decided to let the fire continue to burn to make demolition easier. Streets in the area remained blocked while firefighters work to clear the scene, Channel 4 Action News Reporter Shannon Perrine reported.

There were no reports of injuries in the fire. Arson investigators said the fire does not appear to be suspicious and that the blaze likely started when a lighter caught a couch on fire.

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