Arson suspected in New Kensington fire

by: Chris Fleisher Updated:

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. —

Police rescued a New Kensington family from the rooftop of their home during a fire that officials believe was deliberately set early Sunday.

No one was hurt in the fire that began shortly before 3 a.m. on Ridge Avenue, although the home was a total loss, said Ed Saliba Jr., first assistant chief with New Kensington Fire Department.

Officers rescued three children and two adults from the rooftop of the home, Saliba said. A dog was also rescued.

“They jumped from the roof and the police did an extraordinary job of helping,” Saliba said.

A state police fire marshal has declared the fire arson and the matter is under investigation, he said.

The fire spread to the rear of a neighbor's house, which sustained significant damage, although the residents were not injured, Saliba said.

Both homes had working smoke detectors that alerted the residents.

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