Apartment fire closes Fifth Avenue in Uptown

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A apartment fire in Pittsburgh's Uptown section this morning closed Fifth Avenue and displaced three adults and two children.

The fire, reported around 8 a.m., started in a three-story building near Wyandotte Street at Fifth Avenue.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Deputy Chief Frank Large said early reports indicate the fire began in a third-floor apartment kitchen. A woman left food on the stove, fell asleep and awoke to an alarm, he said.

The woman, whose child had already left for school, managed to escape down the hall. She suffered minor burns, or possibly cuts, to the bottom of her feet, and medics treated her on scene, Chief Large said.

The flames extended to the roof and caused "extensive damage" to the building, Chief Large said, possibly between $40,000 and $50,000 worth not including the effects of smoke and water.

The American Red Cross was called to help the displaced people.

Traffic restrictions still exist in the area, as investigators are still on scene, emergency dispatchers said.

Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. First Published November 1, 2013 9:26 AM

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