Duplex Fire Displaces Two Families in Moon Township

The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Linda Kennedy was in the kitchen getting her hair done Saturday when she and a friend began smelling smoke. 

"I looked out and saw smoke blowing past my windows," said Kennedy of 423 West End Ave. Extension. 

Outside, Kennedy saw fire in the rear of the duplex and grabbed a garden hose to extinguish the flames. She couldn't.

"It kept getting bigger and worse. I had to get everybody out," said Kennedy, referring to her 56-year-old disabled mother and a 6-year-old son. 

Moon firefighters responded at 5:12 p.m. to the 400 block of West End Avenue Extension, near Thorn Street and the Coraopolis border.

Before firefighters arrived, neighbors pitched in to help. Susan Wilkinson said she and other neighbors helped carry Kennedy's mother from the home. Neighbors also tried to fight the flames.

"I saw neighbors getting their garden hoses trying to put the fire out," Wilkinson said. 

The fire also spread to the unit next door at 425 West End Ave., where Charlotte Stevens, 64, has lived for 11 years. 

Stevens said she got a telephone call from her son. Two of her cats perished in the fire. Firefighters found her third cat alive in the home. 

Moon Fire Captain Aaron Simmons said the two displaced families are being assisted by the American Red Cross. He said the The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. 

Firefighters from Crescent Township, Groveton, Coraopolis and Sewickley assisted. 

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Robert August 18, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Hey Patch, getting a little tired of your bias opinion about Moon on all subjects! Coraopolis VFD was at the scene first and was assisted by other depts. including Moon.. get your facts straight. I have a photo to prove CVFD was the first on the scene!
maria dr August 18, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Sorry for the loss of your pets, glad everyone else was safe!
Big Dawg August 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Thank you everyone, in every area, for the service provided by the emergency response teams. Thank you for being part of our community regardless of where you may be stationed! I/we appreciate your brave acts and contributions to keep us all safe!
Marion P. September 19, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Hey Robert-The article never stated who was there first. Maybe you should reread the article again. And what's up with the competition? Who cares who gets there first. It is your job to get there and get the situation under control. Again, the article never made any statements about who was there first. Why so hostile over this?
Robert September 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Hi Marion P, well for starters, the original was just the Moon Patch and covered most things in Moon. When they changed to the Moon Robinson patch they cover things in Moon, Robinson, Crafton, Crescent, Sewickley, but for the most part they leave Coraopolis out unless something happens that makes Coraopolis look bad then they cover it and point it out. Sometimes even if it’s not Coraopolis they will name Coraopolis instead of Moon at what ever the bad news may be. A while back there was an issue with a bus driver that was taking pictures of the female students as they left his bus. The Patch reported this but never mentioned he drove the bus for the Moon school district. But they did mention he lived in Coraopolis. Your right the article never mentions who arrived first, it just mentions Moon VFD arriving at 5:12 and at the end of the article it mentions the other dept assisting. Which insinuates that the other depts. arrived after and "assisted" Moon VFD. Marion P thanks for your comment and also for staying current.
Marion P. September 20, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Robert-I hear your concern now. Very well stated and perhaps if you talk intelligently like this with all of your comments you'll be heard. Moon Township and Coraopolis have the same zip code and should be reported equally and with respect. That is your concern and point, correct?
Robert September 20, 2013 at 11:18 AM
livinginmoon September 21, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Robert, your comment about the Moon bus driver story is incorrect. I went and looked up the story (as you should too) and it clearly states (in the headline, as a matter of fact) that the bus driver was from Moon: http://moon.patch.com/articles/moon-area-bus-driver-charged-with-showing-nude-photos-to-students The story quotes Moon Police, the Moon Area School District and says that the route was in Moon. Do you need it to be more clearly spelled out for you? I remember when Jenna (original Patch reporter) wrote and posted the story. She clearly called out Moon
Robert September 25, 2013 at 08:24 AM
@Livinginmoon, Seeing how I can not find any other Patch article besides the one you listed above, in regards to that specific incident and I do believe there were more then just this one. I thank you for bringing it to my attention and I apologize for giving incorrect information on this particular article.


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