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Lawrence Co. Fire Leaves 2 Dead

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PERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Two people were killed early Sunday morning when a Lawrence County mobile home caught fire.

It happened just after 2 a.m. at the home located on State Route 488 in Perry Township.

The fire was reported by a passerby who noticed the home ablaze.

Officials say by the time they arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

“The whole back of the trailer was gone,” Fire Chief Mark McDevitt said.

They say the victims, 28-year-old Jessica Lynn Morehouse and 49-year-old Phillip James Illig, were dead by the time they got to the home. The were found in the bedroom where the fire had started McDevitt said.

“They must have been taken in their sleep,” McDevitt said.

Officials also said a couple of dogs in another part of the house died of smoke inhalation.

“When we arrived, I had one local fireman that knows the people a little bit, and he said the car was here and there was nobody outside, telling us they were okay so you immediately go to that assumption, entrapment,” McDevitt said. “We did everything we could, at the point of arrival, but there was no saving anybody. The fire was too far gone.”

State police and the Fire Marshal are investigating the incident.

Stay with KDKA for more information.

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