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Two boys killed in Pittsburgh fire; mother burned

By The Associated Press

Two young brothers are dead after they were trapped in a bedroom during an overnight fire in Pittsburgh.

The boys’ mother was able to save a third child, but suffered burns over 30 percent of her body. The 29-year-old woman is being treated in the burn unit of UPMC-Mercy hospital and is expected to survive.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says the dead boys are 10-year-old William White IV and 4-year-old Jordan White. Authorities have also not released the name of the third child.

Fire Chief Darryl Jones says authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. The home had smoke detectors, but they weren’t working.


Fire Destroys Buffalo Township House

photo by WPXI

photo by WPXI

Fire destroyed a house on Butler Road northwest of Freeport Saturday evening.

The fire began after 8 p.m. No one was home at the time.Volunteer fire companies were called from surrounding areas in Butler County to assist.Neighbors reported that at one point, the flames could be seen from far away.Authorities have not identified the cause of the fire.


Fire Marshal Investigating Fatal Duquesne Fire

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Photo by WPXI

DUQUESNE, Pa. — Two victims are still recovering from a raging fire early Sunday morning that killed another person living inside.

The morning sun revealed a charred scar left on the home by the intense flames and smoke.

As of this posting, the County Fire Marshal still had not determined the cause of the fatal blaze along Sherman Avenue in Duquesne, Allegheny County.

Local Red Cross workers assisted the survivors with emergency supplies.


Multi-alarm fire destroys Ford City building

By Valley News Dispatch

B.F. Henry/Valley News Dispatch

B.F. Henry/Valley News Dispatch

Smoke blanketed the borough as firefighters battled flames this morning at an apartment building at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street.

Fire officials at the scene reported that all residents escaped the fire and some were rescued from a balcony on the second floor of the building. Firefighters were called out at about 6 a.m., and “everyone in the county” has responded, according to a 911 dispatcher.


Garfield man dies in early-morning house fire

By Jodi Weigand

A Garfield man died this morning after he became trapped inside his burning home on North Aiken Avenue, authorities said.

Pittsburgh fire officials and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office had not immediately identified the body. But relatives outside the home in the 300 block of North Aiken believe the man is Alan Nauls, 58.

It appears the two-alarm fire started at about 4:30 a.m. on the first floor of the two-story brick home, said Tom Huerbin, a detective with the city’s Fire Investigation Unit. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting as far out as the sidewalk, he said.

The cause remains under investigation.

Nauls, a jitney driver in the Hill District, was an unabashed Oakland Raiders fan and even hung a team flag outside his home to show his allegiance, friends and relatives said.

“Every day, I would mess with him about that flag,” said Ray Williams, 44, of Highland Park, who grew up beside Nauls’ home in Garfield. “He was the best guy in the neighborhood. He was always there to help a neighbor out.”

Nauls’ niece, Tasha Spears, 34, of Garfield said her uncle lived with another of her uncles, who is out of town. She said Nauls was having furnace trouble and was using space heaters to warm the house, although firefighters didn’t immediately confirm that.

“He was just an all-out good guy,” she said.

Nauls’ sister, Sandra Harris, 59, of Penn Hills believed her brother died trying to save his pit pull and two Chihuahuas. The dogs died in the fire, Huerbin said.

Firefighters found Nauls’ body near a first-floor window, Huerbin said. The house sustained heavy damage, as did a neighboring home.


Springdale Man In Custody After Suspicious House Fire

SPRINGDALE, Pa. — A suspicious fire is under investigation in Springdale, where police said a man told them he escaped his burning home with the help of a pet.

Michael Robert Morish, 40, was taken away in handcuffs Thursday afternoon, charged with arson.

Firefighters were called to Morish’s rented house in the 300 block of Moyhend Street at about 4:30 a.m.

Neighbors told WTAE Channel 4’s Janelle Hall that Morish was outside crying his dog’s name during the fire.

One neighbor called the puppy a hero because the man was saying it woke him up in time to escape the flames.

Arson investigators said Morish told them a cigarette may have started the fire accidentally, but they’re skeptical of that story.

“Things are not consistent with a cigarette fire right now,” said Allegheny County Deputy Fire Marshal Don Brucker. “It’s a long time frame from the time that we know when he was smoking to the time of the fire. The type of fire that’s in there is an open flame fire. It’s not a smoldering fire.”

The fire marshal’s office said the fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.


Family Escapes Overnight Fire In Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, Pa. — Firefighters said a family of four escaped a house fire overnight in Westmoreland County.

The blaze began at about 2:30 a.m. in a home along Water Street in Mount Pleasant Township.

“I heard an explosion,” said neighbor David Pitts. “I seen flames coming out my window, looked out my kitchen window and their porch was on fire. And I called 911.”

“The house was a total engulfment from the rear of the structure to the front,” said Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Jerry Lucia.

Authorities said the house was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Courtesy WPXI

Courtesy WPXI