CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – One woman was killed in an early Tuesday morning fire in Cranberry Township.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at a home in the 100-block of Fox Run Road around 1:52 a.m.

The fire is believed to have started in the back of the home, but the cause is unknown.

The woman has been identified as Denise Francis.

Neighbors said she suffered and courageously battled multiple sclerosis and was unable to help herself.

“I heard a pop and then I got up because I thought maybe it was just something in the night and then I got up and the house was in flames,” neighbor Sara Kelly said. “It went fast, it really did. There was just no time.”

Her husband, George, desperately tried to save her, but flames drove him from the home.

“She was asleep in the bed. She was in the hospital bed in the house so he was obviously in another part of the house. [He] woke up, was able to look in there and it was pretty well engulfed by the time he got there. We’re not sure, there may have been oxygen which of course, fueled the fire,” Cranberry Township Fire Chief Brian Kovac said.

A prayer card was left against the Francis’ mail box post Tuesday morning.

The images of the burned house will not soon be forgotten for those who called the couple neighbors for so long.


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