By Bob Allen

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) – The victims of an early-morning two-alarm house fire in New Castle are saying it was no accident.

It happened around 1 a.m. Saturday on Cunningham Avenue.

An 88-year-old woman, her son and a dog managed to make it out of the two-story building without injury.

Resident Waddy Moses said he woke up when he heard glass breaking and then saw the flames. He then woke up his mother, Margaret, and made sure she got out of the house.

He he attempted to put out the fire with a garden hose until police told him to get out. He did go back into the house to get his dog though.

This is the second fire in the neighborhood. The house next door burned down, after an arson fire, on the Fourth of July and now there is only an empty lot.

“When the house next door burned on July 4th, somebody wrote on the side of our house, ‘get out or you’re next,’” Moses said. “To me it’s a little suspicious.”

Moses said he thinks he knows who started the fire and is waiting for police to label it arson.

His mother has lived in the house for 55 years and all of their possessions were lost in the fire, but they hope to rebuild.

“I had all these nick-knacks and stuff — they’re all gone,” she said. “After 71 years.”

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

More Local News
More Police News

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Get The All New CBS Local App
KDKA Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE