Grill scorches Penn Hills porch

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A Penn Hills home caught fire on Sunday due to improper use of a cooking grill on a front porch, fire officials said.

The house, in the 7200 block of Lawton Street, caught fire just before noon, when flames from the grill ignited the porch roof.

“The grill was on the front porch, and the porch roof was rather low,” said Shawn Snyder, a fire chief with Penn Hills volunteer fire company.

Mr. Snyder said that the resident attempted to cook with charcoal briquettes in a propane grill.

Penn Hills volunteer fire fighters from four different stations responded to the fire. Firefighters from Edgewood who specialize in rescue operations also showed up.

Mr. Snyder said that the fire spread into the first floor of the home, but firefighters put it out before it did much damage.

“Everybody was on point, and everybody did their job,” said Mr. Snyder, who estimated that the family should be able to move back into the house within a week.

Nobody was injured. The residents — two adults and one child — are being helped by the Red Cross.

Brett Sholtis: or 412-263-1581.

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