Girl, 17, Dies In Penn Hills Fire

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A fire in Penn Hills claimed the life of a teenager Tuesday morning.

Teesa Williams, 17, was a sophomore at Penn Hills High School.

Emergency officials got a call around 9:40 a.m. about smoke coming from a house at 11276 Azalea Drive.

“We found heavy smoke coming out of the side of the structure, made initial entry, found a fire burning in the kitchen area,” Penn Hills Fire Marshal Jack Mason said. “Fire department came and ultimately found a victim in a rear bedroom.”

Williams was removed from the house, treated at the scene and taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where she died.

“I believe she had run down to the bedroom maybe to flee the fire or something like that, but we’re not sure at this point,” Mason said.

Fire marshals from Penn Hills and Allegheny County sifted through charred debris, including a badly burned mattress.

“She was found on the same level of the house in her bedroom which was in the rear of the house,” Mason said. “And there was some fire in that room, but we’re not sure what that was about, whether she was on – had some fire on her at the time.”

The cause of the fire is unknown and the fire marshal is investigating.

County investigators said the fire scene is complicated and they are trying to determine if foul play was involved.

They also want to know why Williams was not in school because she had not been reported as being ill.

Meantime, the Penn Hills School District is making counselors available to students to cope with Williams’ death.

“I would like to express our sadness over the recent tragedy involving a member of the Penn Hills School District family,” Superintendent Thomas K. Washington said in a statement today. “My deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected. They are in our thoughts and prayers, and I want them to know that the School District stands ready and willing to assist them in any way that we can.”


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One Comment

  1. swin says:

    For your own safety and the safety of your children, make it possible for you to get out of the house from any room without having to go into another room first. This is especially important for bedrooms where you may get little warning of danger.

  2. shields188 says:

    Please install smoke detectors and CO detectors and CHANGE the batteries at least every 6 months. And test them. Please lets stop this preventable tragedy..

  3. Sara Sams says:

    So sad a life lost so young. Prayers to the young ladies family.Rest In Peace Teesa…

  4. allison edgar says:

    R.I.P teesa. i live down the street from her. and i grew up with her and used to be really close to her. she was like a big sister and bestfriend. we used to walk together and play house or brat dolls. she was a nice loving and caring person and always a sweetheart. i am praying for her family and friends. her mom is such a nice lady and its sad that she had to lose her daughter</3 i am here if you need anything. its just really hard right now for me to walk down the street to even say anything without crying you are gone but never forgotten

    1. Jordan English says:

      Yeah we both live down the street from her and its sad because we used to be friends and now were devastated by her loss. She was always a nice girl adn its a shame she died so young. I hope that her family gets through this time adn if she needs anything to know that were here for her.

  5. redrock100 says:

    why was Teesa not in school.?

    1. dan says:

      Does it really matter why she wasn’t in school!? Oh, I know, if she was in school she wouldn’t have been home to die in the fire. Well if she was never born that wouldn’t have happened either! I will pray for you, her and her family.

  6. laurie says:

    r.i.p teesa ill miss you and u will never be forgottin love u teesa

  7. brianna says:

    r.i.p teesa you will never be forgotten w’ll miss u

  8. JMM says:

    My sincerest, deepest sympathies to the entire Williams’ family on your loss. We are keeping you all in our prayers.

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