2012-04-21


Information Related to Fire at Hartwood Acres

PITTSBURGH – The following information was provided by the Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services and Allegheny County  Department of Parks related to this morning’s fire at Hartwood Acres Park:

A fully-involved structure fire was reported at a rental home building at Hartwood Acres Park this morning shortly after 6:30 a.m.  Although there is heavy property damage, there were no injuries of residents or responding emergency services workers.

The building is near the stables, about a quarter-mile from the mansion.  It contains three units, two of which are rental units.  The property management company was on site this morning to secure and board up the building.  Two people have been displaced because of the fire.

A resident awoke to the smoke detector alarm and went downstairs to see fire in the kitchen and exited the building.  The Allegheny County Fire Marshal investigation supports that the room of fire origination is the kitchen.  There was heavy fire damage on the first floor, which extended into the second floor with the second floor sagging approximately six inches from the intense heat and fire damage.  The initial damage assessment is approximately $200,000+. 

The rental units are part of thirty such rentals in the county parks that are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis at market value rates and managed by a private real estate company.

Hartwood Acres Park is an Allegheny County Park consisting of 629 acres. Preserved within the park is one of the largest and most spectacular country estates in the region. Hartwood consists of a stately Tudor Mansion (erected in 1929) cottage, stable complex and gate lodge (erected in 1927).

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