Under investigation: Two house fires

BESSEMER, Pa. — The state fire marshal is calling an overnight house fire in Bessemer, Pa. suspicious.

The fire broke out just after 4 a.m. at a vacant one-story house on 6th Street in the Lawrence County borough.

According to Fire Chief Lou Laughlin Jr., the house was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Flames spread to the neighboring houses on both sides. The house to the right was also vacant. The house to the left, however, was occupied at the time.

Laughlin said a neighbor woke up the people sleeping in that house and they made it out without injury.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Fire crews in Salem were also busy with a house fire overnight.

The department was called to 654 East Third Street just before midnight to a house engulfed in flames.

The fire was so big that the department pulled its crews from the building and fought it from outside.

All of the residents were out of the building by time the department arrived and there were no injuries.

Damages are listed at $83,000 to the building and $20,000 to the contents.

The fire marshal is investigating the blaze.

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