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June 29, 2013

Twin fires on Pollock Avenue

NEW CASTLE — Fires at neighboring Pollock Avenue properties kept the New Castle Fire Department busy Friday afternoon.

The first blaze broke out at 3:40 p.m. in a vacant home at 1022 Pollock Ave.

Upon arrival, firefighters noted smoke coming from the attic of the home. However, after searching the structure, they discovered the fire was in debris in the basement.

Although crews evacuated the house next door, the fire was contained and no other homes were damaged.

The department cleared the scene at 4:55 p.m. but was called back an hour later when the blaze rekindled. When firefighters arrived, they saw the previously evacuated home next door at 1024 Pollock Ave. was ablaze.

Tenant Darey Walker said she heard a crash upstairs and went to investigate. She could see fire in a back bedroom and the ceiling had fallen down.

Two adults and four children, ages 10, 11, 12 and 14, resided in the home, which is owned by Frank Donaldson. The children were at church when the fire broke out.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family with finding temporary shelter.

The city fire marshall has been called in to investigate.

The Union Township Fire Department provided coverage for the city while firefighters battled the blazes.

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