Five Greene county fire companies responded to a structure fire in the 200 block of West High Street in Waynesburg Borough on Monday night. The Waynesburg – Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched at 18:21 hours. Upon arrival, heavy fire conditions were found in the first floor apartment along with a large amount of ammunition being stored in the apartment. The fire spread to the upstairs second floor apartment and attic area. The initial knockdown of the fire involved the use of multiple master streams and the water turrets of Tower 61. An aggressive interior attack was then made to finish putting the fire out.
Mutual Aid fire companies from Jefferson, Rice’s Landing, Carmichaels – Cumberland Twp., and Center Twp brought the total number of firefighters battling the blaze to over 50. Assistance from EMS Southwest, Waynesburg Borough Police Department and Waynesburg Borough Street Department was also utilized during the incident.
The building houses the offices of Kalsey Insurance Company and three separate apartments where a total of 4 individuals lived. There were no injuries to occupants or volunteers fighting the fire. In addition, two dogs belonging in one of the second floor apartments were also saved during the incident. Two of the apartments were heavily damaged but the rest of the structure was able to saved.
The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.