Arson suspected in Monessen house fire

September 20, 2017
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at a home at 632 Summit Ave. in Monessen Tuesday night. - Courtesy of Rostraver Central Fire Department

Several firefighters battling a suspected arson fire Tuesday night in Monessen are recovering from minor injuries.

Monessen fire Chief Chris Rhome said two firefighters who were burned returned to duty after being treated by emergency medical responders.

“It’s very frustrating when guys put their life on the line every day, and it’s senseless when it’s arson,” Rhome said.

Dispatched about 11 p.m., crews arrived to find the two-story home at 632 Summit Ave. engulfed in flames.

The resident was not home.

Rhome said the fire likely started in the first-floor living room.

“There was definitely an accelerant used,” he said.

A firefighter who fell through the floor and received burns on his legs and another who had part of a porch roof fall on him returned to duty after being treated.

A third firefighter was transported by ambulance to Monongahela Valley Hospital with a shoulder injury.

Rhome said he was released and expected to make a full recovery.

Crews had the fire under control by 1:30 a.m., though some firefighters remained on the scene to assist a state police fire marshal with an investigation.

Rhome said the home was severely damaged.

Natalie Reid Miller has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2013. A native of Burgettstown, she primarily covers Washington and surrounding communities. Natalie has a writing degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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