UPDATED: Roof Collapses During Fire at Oakmont Construction Shop
An afternoon fire at an Oakmont construction business caused significant damage to the building.
Fire crews extinguished a fire at a construction business in Oakmont Tuesday afternoon, but the structure was heavily damaged.
The fire at the A. Folino Construction Inc.'s shop at 107 Dark Hollow Road was reported after 2 p.m. and was brought under control after 3 p.m. The roofs collapsed on both sections of the building, and a portion of the wall on one section also collapsed.
"When we got there, the structure was pretty much engulfed," said Oakmont Police Chief David DiSanti. "The firemen did a very good job of knocking it down."
He said police established safety perimeters immediately and evacuated residents in a portion of Oakmont Commons along New London Lane. A part of that development was left without power after Duquesne Light had to cut the electric lines to the business.
No injuries have been reported. Most of the approximately 100 employees of Folino Construction, a construction and paving company, were out on the road.
Fire investigators had concerns about the types of oils that might have been stored in the building. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal's investigators were combing the debris after being called in by Oakmont police.
Volunteer firefighters from Oakmont, Verona, Point Breeze (Penn Hills) and Blawnox responded to the scene, as well as crews from Lower Valley Ambulance.
A. Folino Construction, which was founded in 1972, has its offices at 221 Allegheny Ave. in Oakmont, as well as the shop facility on Dark Hollow Road where the heavy equipment is housed.
According to the Allegheny County Assessment website, the building, owned by Anthony D. and Connie L. Folino, has a market value of $133,000.
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