Ford City Woman Killed In House Fire

FORD CITY (KDKA) — The state police fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a house fire in Armstrong County that claimed the life of one woman and sent a man to the hospital.

The blaze broke out just after 8 p.m. Thursday in the 1500-block of Fifth Avenue in Ford City.

The Armstrong County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 46-year-old Jennifer Torney. Her fiancée, Doug Walbert, was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital.

“Some of his face is burned, his forehead, his ears, his whole entire back, the palms of his hands and his knees,” said Diane Walbert, Doug’s sister who lives next door to the couple.

Walbert and Torney each have three kids, but lived in the Ford City home alone.

According to the coroner’s office, when firefighters arrived they found a second-story bedroom engulfed in flames.

Crews found Doug Walbert in a back bedroom and pulled him to safety.

“My brother is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital, but they do expect him to make it,” Walbert said.

Officials with the coroner’s office say Torney was found in the bedroom where the fire started. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire was contained to the bedroom and hallway of the second floor, authorities said.

“It seemed like it took forever but it really didn’t,” said Walbert. “They did a wonderful job and had it not been for them, there would have been two fatalities instead of one. I wish Jen would have made it too. I wish I would have seen the flames.”

The coroner’s office has ruled the cause of Torney’s death as carbon monoxide inhalation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but the State Police Fire Marshal’s Office says their preliminary findings are pointing to an accidental fire.

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  • Janice Nacker

    Her name was Jennifer, not Jen, and she has 4 children, not 3. She was my sister. I wish someone would have reported that she numerous family in Michigan that are shocked and grief stricken. We will miss her.

  • Rob Torney

    I fully support the comment left by my sister. She was also my sister.
    Often, the true details about a person are compromised in the interest of reporting a breaking news story.
    A news story void of any personal sympathy as well as lacking accuracy provides no comfort to those left behind.
    Those of us in the immediate family living in Michigan, where Jennifer was born and raised, struggle to deal with this tragedy. And the only answers we have are the accounts of the story that you have published.
    So to read the inaccurate information does not help with our recovery.

    • Jenn

      I’m really sorry 2 hear about this. I’m one of Doug’s daughter’s friend from school. It is very sad and I just want the Torney family that I will keep Jennifer in my prayers. I also will keep Doug in my prayers. Sierra I hope your dad will make it through but like you said your dad is a strong guy. I’m sorry 2 both of the family of each Jennifer and Doug I’m so sorry
      Sierra’s Friend

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