Fire damages 'castle' house in Marshall Township - North Journal

Fire damages ‘castle’ house in Marshall Township

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 5:33 PM


Fire heavily damaged part of a Marshall Township home that was built to resemble a 13th century English castle, complete with turrets, battlements, a dry moat and a drawbridge.

The fire in the 200 block of Stonegate Drive was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to Allegheny County emergency dispatchers.

Several family members were home when the fire erupted and were able to escape unharmed and call 911, according to Northern Regional Police Chief John Sicilia.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they found the home’s left turret engulfed in flames, said Marshall Township fire Chief Bill Engeman.

The flame was quickly doused once firefighters were able to stretch the 1,100 feet of hose needed to get to the home, which sits several hundred feet down a steep, winding driveway, according to authorities.

An aerial ladder truck also was brought in to help extinguish the flames on the building’s upper level.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshall’s office was called to investigate the cause of the fire.

Engeman said firefighters were able to contain the bulk of the damage to the circular turret on the left of the building, which was gutted.

“There was a small amount of extension at a doorway leading into the rest of the house and some smoke and water damage throughout, but we were able to put the fire out before it spread beyond that point,” he said.

The 6,252-square-foot home was built in 2006, according to county tax records.