Public Safety Blotter Articles

Police Respond to North Side Fires

Date: October 7, 2019
Incident Type: Fire
Location: Zone 1

Just before 1 a.m. on October 7, Pittsburgh Police officers from Zone 1 and Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire responded to the intersection of Tony Dorsett Drive and W. General Robinson Street for a report of multiple portable toilets on fire.

Fire Engine 32 arrived to extinguish the fire.

When officers arrived on scene they found that seven toilets had been burned to the ground, while an eighth had been severely damaged, rendering it unusable.

No one was hurt.

The Fire Investigation Unit, which is made up of investigators from Pittsburgh Fire and detectives from Pittsburgh Police, was on scene to investigate the exact origin of the fire.

Police arrested Kevin Bankhead, 31, of Pittsburgh not far from the scene.

He is charged with: Criminal Mischief (2 counts), Arson/Dangerous Burning (1 count) and Defiant Trespasser (1 count).

Bankhead is currently being held at Allegheny County Jail.

Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz