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Cause sought for row house fire that killed western Pennsylvania mother


WILKINSBURG, Pennsylvania — Fire investigators are trying to determine what started a blaze in a western Pennsylvania row house that claimed the life of a woman.

Authorities in western Pennsylvania say the three-alarm fire in the residence in Wilkinsburg near Pittsburgh was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Neighbors told fire crews they tried to rescue the woman but were driven back by intense flames and heavy smoke.

Fire crews said the victim's body was recovered just inside the front door. Her name has not been released, but neighbors said she lived there with her husband and 10-year-old daughter.

Officials said the blaze is believed to have begun in the kitchen and spread quickly, leading to collapse of the common roof. Other units were also damaged.

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