MOUNT LEBANON (KDKA) – A house fire in Mount Lebanon claimed the lives of two people Thursday morning.
According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at a one-story home in the 900-block of McNeilly Road around 7:30 a.m.
A neighbor saw smoke and called 911, but it was too late.
“The first officer on scene stated the flames were basically completely engulfing the house. The roof collapsed shortly after their arrival,” Dep. Chief Michael Gallagher said.
Once the flames were knocked down, firefighters entered the home and found the two victims in the kitchen area.
The victims have been identified as 56-year-old Susan Miller and her 61-year-old husband, Dennis.
Mailman Ed Heide said the Millers were very nice and would always come out and greet them as he delivered their mail.
According to a neighbor, the couple has two daughters who live in the area.
The collapsed roof has slowed the process of determining the cause of the fire.
“First is the concern of the safety of the fire marshals at this point with the partial roof collapse. Once we stabilize that portion of the roof, we’ll continue on with our investigation and then document and have the medical examiners come in and remove the bodies,” Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson said.
According to the fire marshal, there were indications that oxygen was being used in the home. They are also looking at the electrical circuits to see what role, if any, that may have played in this fire.