Mother, adult son found dead after early morning fire


GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A mother and her adult son were found dead after house fire in western Pennsylvania, authorities said.

David Staats, 57, and Helena Staats, 84, were pronounced dead after the fire reported shortly before 1 a.m. in Salem Township, the Westmoreland County coroner’s office said.

The cause and manner of death for both was pending autopsy results and a determination of the cause of the fire, with toxicology results not expected for several weeks, the coroner’s office said. A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Fire crews reported the structure engulfed in flames as they arrived. Forbes Road Fire Chief Bob Rosatti told the Tribune-Review that “there was no way we could get anyone inside to fight the fire.” One victim was found on the first floor and the other on the second floor, he said.


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