Engineers met with fire officials to inspect the building on Friday. They do not think the building has to be torn down. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office identified where the fire started but could not get to the area because of debris and the structural integrity of the building being unsafe.
The Etna Fire Chief Greg Porter said that when the building was renovated several years ago, it had to meet the international construction code in areas including occupancy, fire suppression and smoke alarms, but once they are in and it is occupied there is no requirement to have it checked every year.
Fire broke out early Tuesday morning
A family that was inside the house managed to get out safely.
It was initially unclear if there were any injuries.
One challenge that fire crews faced was a lack of fire hydrants close to the home.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The house had been previously damaged by a fire in 2017, and was undergoing rennovations when Tuesday’s fire began.
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Officials began inspecting the damage of Notre Dame Tuesday. They declared the cathedral structurally sound while identifying “some vulnerabilities,” according to French Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez. Specifically, the vault and gable of the north transept were of concern. Inspectors are also worried about structural damage that may be hidden.
Kirk Martini, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture with a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in structural engineering, said the transept is probably the greatest vulnerability. To ensure the structure is stable, additional shoring may be necessary after the full extent of the damage is assessed.