More than 100 firefighters battle the blaze in Kittanning

A massive fire early Saturday spread through several structures along Orr Avenue in Kittanning, displacing up to 10 residents and leaving a storage facility in a pile of rubble, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the fire, which started around 1 a.m., said Buzz, Chief of the Kittanning Fire Department Kline.

More than 100 firefighters battled the intense blazes for six hours in temperatures that only reached the mid-20s.

It left them cold, tired and hungry — but grateful that so many people were helpful, Kline said.

“We’re just so grateful,” said Kline, chef for more than three decades.

The fire marshal was on the scene to investigate but did not determine the cause or estimate of damage.

The flames destroyed the former Mervis furniture store which more recently served as a warehouse.

“The furniture store goes way back,” Kline said. “I think they went out of business in the late 1960s. The front wall collapsed onto the street, and it totally burned down into a pile of rubble.

The fire also destroyed apartments on either side of the former Mervis site.

“There’s no roof of every building,” Kline said.

Up to 10 residents have been displaced. They were assisted by the American Red Cross.

More than 26 emergency services came from throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley and beyond to battle the blaze, and 18 Armstrong County fire units.

At least one ambulance service came from Murrysville.

Various other groups showed up with coffee and food for the rescuers.

“We can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done,” Kline said.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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