Local bar expected to be demolished after massive fire in Westmoreland County

AVONMORE, Pa. — Firefighters battled a massive fire at a building in Westmoreland County for hours on Saturday.

PHOTOS: Smoke, flames pour out of building in Avonmore

Westmoreland County dispatchers say firefighters were called to the 400 block of Indiana Avenue in Avonmore at around 4:33 p.m.

The building consists of three floors. The first floor is a bar and the other two floors are apartment buildings.

Firefighters say the fire started in the kitchen of the bar and quickly spread to the back of the building and then to the other two floors.

Investigators say the roof collapsed and all three floors were destroyed.

The building is expected to be torn down after the fire marshal conducts an investigation.

Everyone was out of the building when emergency crews got to the scene.

The situation caused a massive response from firefighters from around the area. Investigators say companies from more than 20 departments helped. A lot of extra tanker trucks were called to the scene because of a problem accessing water in the area.

Firefighters had to be rotated over the course of the hours-long fight because of Saturday’s hot temperatures.

There are no reported injuries at this time.

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