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July 8, 2014

Blaze damages three homes

NEW CASTLE — No one was injured, but three homes suffered damage in a fire last night in Ellwood City.

The blaze broke out at around 6:20 p.m. at 530 Glen Ave. The flames spread to the home at 532 Glen and also damaged the exterior of 528 Glen.

About 50 firefighters from multiple departments in southern Lawrence and northern Beaver counties responded to the blaze. They were directed by Ellwood City Fire Chief Rick Myers, and seven teams of firefighters were used to target the flames.

Although all three structures were occupied, no injuries were reported to residents or firefighters.

While fire crews were able to rescue a pet bird from 528 Glen Ave., two cats from 532 Glen were unaccounted for last night. However, it is possible they fled the flames through an open window.

During the blaze, staff from the nearby McDonald's arrived to provide 75 hamburgers, boxes of chicken nuggets and bottles of water to crews battling the blaze.

The fire caused the roof of 530 Glen Ave. to collapse and the home is expected to be a total loss. Damage to 532 Glen Ave. also was reported to be extensive. There also was exterior damage to 528 Glen Ave.

At press time, the cause of the fire was unknown.

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