Massive fire breaks out in Pittsburgh’s Elliott neighborhood

PITTSBURGH — Emergency crews were called to a major house fire in Pittsburgh’s Elliott neighborhood on Tuesday night.

The fire broke out in the 900 block of Gibson Street around 9:30 p.m.

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A Channel 11 crew at the scene saw large flames and thick smoke pouring out of the top of the house.

Some neighbors said they heard a loud boom, looked outside, and saw the house on fire. Others, like Ashley Rabenstine, saw something explode.

“It caught fire pretty quickly, so thankfully, the fire department is down the street, so they were able to respond pretty quickly,” Rabenstine said. “Pretty wild for a Tuesday night.”

Right before the fire, she saw Pittsburgh police officers outside running through her neighborhood.

“They had some flashlights on one of the houses down the street, and suddenly it was on fire,” Rabestine said.

With temperatures in the low 80s and a heat index of 86, firefighters had to battle the heat both inside and outside of the house. Pittsburgh Public Safety officials said no one was hurt but a firefighter had to be taken to the hospital to be checked out due to extreme heat.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials said two adults have been displaced from a neighboring home.

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