Firefighters worked to battle a blaze at a vacant restaurant in Penn Hills Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters worked to battle a blaze on Allegheny River Boulevard in Penn Hills Saturday afternoon.
Crews told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan the fire started in what was known as Vicino restaurant.
While battling the blaze, seven firefighters became trapped inside the structure.
“Unfortunately, this building has a sub-basement that we did not know about, the fire was burning underneath of us and we didn’t know,” Fire Chief Shawn Snyder said
All seven firefighters were able to escape, two with minor injuries. A third firefighters suffered minor burns to the hand, face and neck.
Crews suffered other challenges battling the fire as well – not enough hydrants were nearby to provide water. Tankers from other towns showed up to help.
“We have two trucks that were damaged extensively,” said Snyder. “We have a lot of equipment that was lost.”
The tenant who lives in an apartment above the restaurant was not home at the time of the fire.
Snyder confirmed a large hot spot rekindled around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, but was quickly put out.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.