PITTSBURGH — Fire investigators determined that it was a 6-year-old boy playing with matches that sparked a five-alarm blaze over the weekend at an apartment building in West Oakland.
The fire that started Saturday on De Raud Street around 2:30 p.m. displaced more than 70 people.
Fire crews brought in a ladder truck to help pour water on the flames from above.
Two firefighters were taken to the hospital. One was treated for smoke inhalation. Both are expected to be OK.
"I don't remember him going to the laundry room," the boy's mother said. "I went to the bathroom and came back out and everything is on fire. He didn't do it. My son is not your average 6-year-old. He's a smart kid."
In a press release Sunday, the American Red Cross told Channel 11 their organization was helping all 74 residents displaced by the fire. Red Cross officials said they are providing clothes, food, and medications to some of the residents. Also, organization officials said 28 people from the building stayed overnight at a shelter located at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Firefighters were called back to the building on Sunday after hot spots had rekindled.
In a release Monday, police said it was the child who had started the fire: "The boy and his family have been referred to the County Child Line where they will direct them toward any available services and provide the child with the help he needs."
The Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Company is the company operating the building that caught fire. In a statement to Channel 11, AHRCO officials said they are working to help the people who can't go home:
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