Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cause Sought in Shadyside Fire Damage Estimated at $250,000 in Blaze at Vacant House

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cause Sought in Shadyside Fire Damage Estimated at $250,000 in Blaze at Vacant House

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Pittsburgh firefighters brought under control a three-alarm blaze that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage Thursday to an unoccupied, 105-year-old house in Shadyside.

The fire was reported about 6 p.m. at 623 Devonshire St., four houses south of Ellsworth Avenue. Flames had been visible on the roof of the house, and heavy smoke enveloped the neighborhood near the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses.

No injuries were reported and streets in the neighborhood were reopened to traffic as responders finished their work after 8 p.m.

Firefighters were successful in keeping the flames contained to 623 Devonshire. The neighborhood includes the residence of Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

The owner of record on the burned structure is Ellen C. Still Brooks, who also has an address in Sewickley. She could not be reached for comment.

Allegheny County real estate records show she bought the house in November 2011 for $560,000. …

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