At least one person confirmed dead in New Kensington fire

One person has died in a house fire that broke out before 6 pm Sunday evening in New Kensington.Bob Gray told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that his wife was killed when his home on Fourth Street went up in flames.New Kensington Fire Chief, Ed Saliba was unable to identify the person who was killed. He said the fire started in a duplex, on the same side where the victim was found. The other half of the duplex and the neighboring buildings were vacant.Gray said he and his wife had been celebrating his birthday at a neighbor’s house, and his wife had gone home to rest. “My best friend, the love of my life, passed away today, ”Gray said.Friends and neighbors watched as fire crews worked to control the flames.“ I love Angel. She’ll be my guardian angel, and I hope somehow we can help them heal okay, “Peggy Snyder said. Saliba said crews were on scene within a minute and a half after getting the call.” Two of our police officers did a quick 360, and made entry into the first floor, and attempted to pull an occupant out of the structure, ”Saliba said. “The heat was intense, and the smoke was unbearable, and the smoke was to the floor.” He said an assistant fire chief made it to the scene shortly after and went in for the victim, but by that point, he said the victim had died. Saliba said brick walls collapsed at one point, nearly hitting firefighters, but they were able to escape safely. “There was a lot of smoke. Visibility was almost zero. There was a heck of a wind coming out of the southwest, which did not help things at all, ”Saliba said. Saliba could not say what might have caused the fire, but he said New Kensington police and the state police fire marshal are conducting their own investigations.Click the video player below to see viewer video of the fire. This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates.Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

One person has died in a house fire that broke out before 6 pm Sunday evening in New Kensington.

Bob Gray told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that his wife was killed when his home on Fourth Street went up in flames.

New Kensington Fire Chief, Ed Saliba was unable to identify the person who was killed. He said the fire started in a duplex, on the same side where the victim was found. The other half of the duplex and the neighboring buildings were vacant.

Gray said he and his wife had been celebrating his birthday at a neighbor’s house, and his wife had gone home to rest.

“My best friend, the love of my life, passed away today,” Gray said.

Friends and neighbors watched as fire crews worked to control the flames.

“I love Angel. She’ll be my guardian angel, and I hope somehow we can help them heal okay, ”Peggy Snyder said.

Saliba said crews were on scene within a minute and a half after getting the call.

“Two of our police officers did a quick 360, and made entry into the first floor, and attempted to pull an occupant out of the structure,” Saliba said. “The heat was intense, and the smoke was unbearable, and the smoke was to the floor.”

He said an assistant fire chief made it to the scene shortly after and went in for the victim, but by that point, he said the victim had died. Saliba said brick walls collapsed at one point, nearly hitting firefighters, but they were able to escape safely.

“There was a lot of smoke. Visibility was almost zero. There was a heck of a wind coming out of the southwest, which did not help things at all, ”Saliba said.

Saliba could not say what might have caused the fire, but he said New Kensington police and the state police fire marshal are conducting their own investigations.

Click the video player below to see viewer video of the fire.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates.
Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.