SOUTH BEND TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A teenager was killed in a fire in Armstrong County early Wednesday morning.
According to officials, the fire broke out along Oak Hill Road in South Bend Township.
Firefighters were called out just before 2:30 a.m. after a structure, described as a garage-type building with living quarters, caught fire.
A teenage boy was found inside the garage where he was believed to be asleep when the fire broke out. The Armstrong County Coroner’s Office identifies the victim as 16-year-old Levi Shellhammer, who was a popular student at Lenape Technical School.
Shellhammer is also described as an excellent baseball player who also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Police say there was significant damage to the garage, which did have heat and electricity.
Investigators tell KDKA given the amount of destruction, finding a cause may prove impossible, but there are no indications the blaze was suspicious in nature.
The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti briefly spoke to the people who live in the house next to where the fire broke out, but they declined any comment.