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Woman Sought After Allegedly Setting Wilkinsburg House Fire

(Photo Credit: Trina Orlando/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Trina Orlando/KDKA)

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WILKINSBURG (KDKA) – Police are looking for a woman accused of setting a fire that damaged a home in Wilkinsburg Tuesday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out in the 400-block of Ross Street around 6 a.m.

The fire reportedly started on a couch on the front porch and spread inside the home.

A man living in the home said a woman woke him up, set the couch on fire and left in a white car.

“This girl was a homeless girl and I was trying to help her,” Alfonso Moran said. “She just got kicked out of her house yesterday.”

Moran said he saw the woman driving away from the scene.

“She comes past in the car and says, ‘I didn’t do it.’ And I catch her driving away coming off the porch. I know she did because she just woke me up,” Moran said.

Neighbor Ruben Gonzalez watched as the flames spread to the house. He rushed across the street to make sure Moran and another man in the house got out safely.

The fire is being investigated as arson and police are searching for the woman.

Firefighters say they made quick work of the fire. It was contained to the front of the home, but caused extensive damage to that area.

Two men living in the home are being helped by nearby friends.

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