The fire gutted the West Liberty Avenue building, destroying the business and two apartments.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A fire Tuesday morning shut down West Liberty Avenue and destroyed a local pizza shop.
There were no injuries after a fire destroyed a West Liberty Avenue business and apartment building Tuesday morning, but for building owner Francesco Varrati, the fire meant watching part of his livelihood go up in smoke. "I'm dumbfounded," said Varrati, who has owned the building since 1989. "It's total shock. That's all there is to say." Varrati, who used to own Varrati's Pizza—now Angelina's Pizzeria—on the first floor of the building, is retired and said the building was his main source of income. He does have insurance, he said. Dormont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Arnold said the fire call came in at 5:15 a.m. March 26. Several local departments were at the scene within minutes, but Arnold said the fire was particularly …
An early morning building fire in Dormont kept West Liberty Avenue closed Tuesday morning.
A building fire on West Liberty Ave. in Dormont has caused some significant traffic delays in the area. The fire originated in Angelina's Pizza at 3263 West Liberty Ave., near McFarland Rd. Dormont fire Chief Jeff Arnold said the fire was reported around 5:15 a.m. and he believes the fire started in the kitchen of the pizza shop. Chief Arnold reports this was a difficult fire to fight due to an issue with a gas line. No injuries have been reported. There are two apartments above the pizza business and two residents were able to escape the fire. Neighboring buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Dormont firefighters and several other fire companies are still working at the scene as of 8:25 a.m. Several local streets are blocked …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
A fire broke out at a Grandin Ave. home in Dormont around 6:30 a.m.
Four local fire departments responded to a fire in the 1400 block of Grandin Avenue in Dormont around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Jeff Arnold, deputy chief of the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department said the fire was contained to the third floor of the single-family home. "Structural wise, there was no damage at all except for the heat and smoke," Arnold said. The fire might have been started by an electric blanket, but that has not been confirmed, Arnold said. The fire marshal is investigating. Arnold said two Dormont firemen sustained minor injuries and were treated. The fire departments of Mt. Lebanon, Whitehall and Castle Shannon also responded. Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The cause of last week’s fire in the 3200 block of West Liberty Avenue has not been determined.
A week after a fire damaged several buildings in the 3200 block of West Liberty Avenue, there still aren't a lot of clues as to what started the flames. Jeff Arnold, deputy chief of the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department, said they were able to rule out some scenarios, but are still investigating the cause of the March 13 fire. “It wasn’t electrical,” Arnold said. “They could pinpoint the origin of where it started, but they can’t pinpoint what it was.” Arnold said the fire ignited at the back of the building at 3227 West Liberty Ave, in a second-floor apartment. It could have been caused by a candle or a cigarettes, Arnold said, but he said that is speculation, and an exact cause of the fire has not been determined. The fire caused between…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A roundup of the region's top weekly stories.
Here's a look at the top stories this week from Patch sites in your area: Couple Accused of Abusing Baby No Injuries Reported in Dormont Blaze UPDATE: Crews Continue to Repair High School Phone Outage B-W's Eligibility Policy Actually Stricter than PIAA's Feral, Stray Cats a Problem in Canonsburg, Cecil Follow Dormont-Brookline Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For more news, sign up for our email Newsletter.
The West Liberty Avenue building houses apartments and businesses.
No injuries were reported in a fire that occurred in the 3200 block of West Liberty Avenue on Tuesday night, but several tenants of the building were displaced. The fire started around 8 p.m. at 3227 West Liberty Ave., and affected several units in the three-story row building. Paula Scarpaci, who has lived in the building for four years, said she was driving home when a neighbor called to tell her about the fire. She said it was upsetting to come home to a street full of fire trucks and realize her apartment, and so many others, were affected. “I have family and friends to stay with but I don’t know about everyone here,” she said. Dormont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Davis said Red Cross had been called to assist residents who …
Four local fire departments responded to a fire that broke out in the 3200 block of West Liberty Avenue around 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Four local fire departments responded to a blaze that affected several buildings in the 3200 block of West Liberty Avenue in Dormont on Tuesday night. Dormont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Davis said the fire started around 8 p.m., and affected the businesses and apartments in the three-story row building between 3223 and 3229 West Liberty Ave. The fire started in the back of the section that houses AllState Insurance, and quickly spread up the back of the building and past the third floor, he said. Enja Computers and Xie LiHong's Wellness Center also are located in the building. An Allegheny County fire inspector was on the scene, but Davis said it was too early to tell what caused the fire or how much damage had occurred. “It’s …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Four departments responded to Tuesday’s fire.
A fire broke out on West Liberty Avenue in Dormont on Tuesday night, affecting several buildings in the strip across from the Cochran Nissan dealership. Dormont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Davis said the fire started around 7:30 or 8 p.m. at 3227 West Liberty Ave. The building houses an AllState Insurance agency and several apartments. Davis said the fire started at the back of the building and spread up to the third floor. The cause of the fire and amount of damage to the businesses and apartments is unknown at this time, he said. At least eight residents were displaced. Davis said Red Cross had been called to assist those needing shelter. West Liberty Avenue was closed between McFarland Road and Park Avenue between 8 and 10:…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
A roundup of the region's top local stories this week.
Here are some of this week's top stories from Patch sites in your area: Plum Borough's Juliann Sheldon Can Be a Miss America Finalist with Your Help UPDATE: Apartment Fire Displaces Five Dormont Residents Sam DiNardo Resigns from B-W School Board; Two-Year Seat Open New Parents Get New Year's Surprise PT Pulls Off Upset Victory Over Rival USC