Fire destroys remote Bellevue home

Area firefighters had their work cut out for them when Bellevue Police reported a fully-fire-engulfed house in one of the borough’s least accessible areas, Carson Avenue. The house, pictured at right, sits alone on a road that runs into the woods off Spring Avenue and below Route 65.

Bellevue Fire Department Lt. Jeff Wissner said that firefighters were forced to stretch multiple hand lines hundreds of feet over hills and into the woods, while Bellevue’s aerial truck was positioned on the Route 65 bridge (pictured at top) to spray water from above. Firefighters also were confronted with arcing power lines that sparked, Wissner said.

The fire was discovered at 2:51 p.m. Monday, and traffic along Route 65 was shut down to allow firefighters to work from above. Responding to the blaze in addition to Bellevue were firefighters from Avalon, Fairview, Ben Avon, Seville, West View and Stowe Township fire companies. There were no injuries, and no one was at home at the time of the fire, Wissner said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Wissner, who serves as Bellevue’s fire marshal. Anyone with information is asked to call him at (412)766-7455.