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Nearby: Fire Forces Evacuation at Penn Center Apartments in Wilkins

Multiple fire, ambulance and transportation vehicles respond to the scene at the Brentmoor at Penn Center Apartments.

Area fire crews responded to a report of heavy smoke at the Brentmoor at Penn Center Apartments in Wilkins Township and discovered fire in the walls of multiple floors.

The Post-Gazette is reporting the fire started on the sixth floor about 12:15 p.m. Fire crews were still on the scene at 4 p.m.

Crews were dispatched about 12:15 p.m. and are still on the scene at 1100 Penn Center Boulevard as of 4 p.m. In addition to firefighters, a number of local ambulances were lined up outside the apartment building at 1100 Penn Center Blvd., as well as a Port Authority bus and local transportation carriers with smaller buses.

The building has a number of elderly residents. Heavy smoke damage was reported throughout the building, though damage was not apparent from the outside.

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Adam Knight December 22, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Could not be more proud of the WHEMS crews today on the way they handled the fire / evacuation on the apartment building. A BIG thank you to Eastern Area, Murrysville, McKeesport, Plum, Lower Valley, Eureka, Transcare, Monroeville, Ambumed, Woodland Hills School District, UPMC East, Port Authority, Red Cross, Salvation Army, all the fire departments, and police departments. Sorry if I missed anyone, it was a large scene and everyone did an awesome job.
Zandy Dudiak December 22, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Thanks for providing that list, Adam. Definitely a large response from surrounding communities!

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