Fire destroys West Deer Township home for the second time

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a West Deer Township home on Sunday.It happened shortly after 5 p.m. at Ed Patrick’s home at the corner of Magnolia Drive and Alder Street.”There is no feeling,” he said. “I have none.”Patrick said he’s lived in the home since 1960. He was sleeping when a neighbor ran over and woke him up as flames consumed his house.”I ran out the bottom door,” he said. “The house was fully, like full of smoke.”Firefighters arrived on scene to find the house looking more like a fireball. It took crews about 30 minutes to get the fire under control, but the home is a total loss.”I’m going to have someone tear it down,” Patrick said. “That’s all I can do.”Patrick said this is the second time a fire has destroyed this house. The first fire happened in 1982 and he rebuilt. He said he’s most upset that he lost his phone in the fire, but is grateful for his neighbor who ran over to help.”I’m real grateful. I’ve known him all my life,” he said.Patrick said he doesn’t have insurance, but has somewhere to stay Sunday night. He believes the fire was electrical in nature, but the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a West Deer Township home on Sunday.

It happened shortly after 5 p.m. at Ed Patrick’s home at the corner of Magnolia Drive and Alder Street.

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“There is no feeling,” he said. “I have none.”

Patrick said he’s lived in the home since 1960. He was sleeping when a neighbor ran over and woke him up as flames consumed his house.

“I ran out the bottom door,” he said. “The house was fully, like full of smoke.”

Firefighters arrived on scene to find the house looking more like a fireball. It took crews about 30 minutes to get the fire under control, but the home is a total loss.

“I’m going to have someone tear it down,” Patrick said. “That’s all I can do.”

Patrick said this is the second time a fire has destroyed this house. The first fire happened in 1982 and he rebuilt. He said he’s most upset that he lost his phone in the fire, but is grateful for his neighbor who ran over to help.

“I’m real grateful. I’ve known him all my life,” he said.

Patrick said he doesn’t have insurance, but has somewhere to stay Sunday night. He believes the fire was electrical in nature, but the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.