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60-year-old woman killed in Pittsburgh-area house fire

Fire at Leechburg home kills 60-year-old woman
Fire at Leechburg home kills 60-year-old woman 02:23

LEECHBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A woman died in a house fire in Leechburg on Tuesday. 

The Armstrong County Coroner's Office said in a news release that 60-year-old Betty Bail died in the house fire on Logan Avenue. Officials said she was found dead inside the home in the kitchen area. Her two dogs and two cats also died in the fire.

Four fire companies were called to the home at around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, and the coroner said there were no signs of foul play. 

The home was severely damaged by the flames, including extensive damage in the kitchen and living room. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state police fire marshal and Leechburg police. 

"She kept to herself a lot, but she was friendly," neighbor Joan Baxter said. "We'd talk on the back fence all the time. This has to be sad."

Neighbor Matt Knapp saw the flames and captured them on video. 

"When I came out on my porch, there was black smoke coming out from underneath the roof and flames were behind the smoke," Knapp said. 

While there is no official cause of the fire as of Tuesday, neighbors said the woman was known to keep a pot of water boiling on her stove around the clock for humidity. They suspect since it was a kitchen fire, that may likely be the cause.

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