BETHEL PARK (KDKA) – A 20-year-old Bethel Park man died at St. Clair Hospital, after police rescued him from his burning home.

Bethel Park Police Chief John Mackey told KDKA-TV that police received a call at 10:28 a.m. Wednesday from a distraught woman at 2619 Milford Drive, saying that her son had a knife and she couldn’t get into his locked bedroom.

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Police were on the scene with two minutes and after breaking in a door they pulled the man to safety, and gave him CPR on the front lawn while awaiting an ambulance.

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Police said there was smoke coming from the home when they pulled up and they called firefighters. The medical examiner identified the dead man as 20-year-old Joshua Lapaglia, who lived at the home with his mother.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the exact cause. The fire damage was confined to a back bedroom.


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