Firefighters returned to the scene of a three-alarm fire in Beechview this morning after the blaze rekindled.
The fire operations blocked inbound service on the Red Line at around 9:15 a.m. Port Authority was running bus shuttles from Potomac Station to South Hills Junction. Outbound service was not affected, spokeswoman Heather Pharo said.
The authority announced resumption of regular service shortly before 10:45 a.m.
The Monday night three-alarm fire at P.C. Auto Repair on Broadway Avenue caused an estimated $180,000 in structural damage and destroyed $140,000 worth of contents, according to a Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire press release this morning.
Pittsburgh arson detective Michael Burns said the fire Monday night began in the flue or vent stack for a fire place in the building's basement.
Firefighters knocked down the fire, which started about 9 p.m.
There were no reported injuries, although the building was heavily damaged and firefighters shut down Broadway to battle the fire.
Mike Biancaniella, a friend of owner Palmo Cicchino, who was inside when the fire began, says it is believed to have started near the roof.
"It took thirty seconds," Mr. Biancaniella said. "We barely got out in time. ... It spread so fast."
Liz Navratil contributed. First Published October 22, 2013 8:51 AM