Police: Deaths Reported In Pa. Fire

By: AP
By: AP

BROCKWAY, Pa. - A fire engulfed a rural western Pennsylvania home early Thursday, trapping and killing several people, police said.

State police Trooper Mark Schrecengost said it was unclear how many people were in the single-family house when it went up in flames. It was not known how many people died.

Jaime Hynds, who lives across the street from the home, said she was awakened around 2:30 a.m. by a naked woman shouting for help. The woman, believed to be about 19 years old, jumped from the second floor and ran to Hynds' home. Hynds told The Courier-Express of DuBois that the woman repeatedly said there were 10 people still inside.

Witnesses also reported seeing a boy escape the flames.

"The fire crews arrived within minutes and ... the house was engulfed and there were confirmed entrapments," Schrecengost told The Associated Press. As of 8 a.m., the fire was contained, but was still flaring up, he said.

Two fire marshals were investigating and no cause had been determined, Schrecengost said.

The fire was in a rural area near Brockway, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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