STANTON HEIGHTS (KDKA) – A woman and her young daughter were able to escape, but her mother was killed when fire broke out at a home in Stanton Heights this afternoon.

The one-alarm fire broke out around 1 p.m. in the 200-block of Schenley Manor Drive.

“At home at the time was a woman in her 70s, another female who is believed to be her daughter in her 20s and then a 4-year-old girl,” said Sonya Toler, the spokesperson for Pittsburgh Police.

The 23-year-old woman was able to escape with the 4-year-old girl.

But police says the older woman was asleep in a bedroom at the back of the home when the fire broke out.

Family and neighbors broke down with emotion at the scene.

“The grandmother was sleeping in the bedroom in the back of the house when the fire started,” said Toler. “When the daughter realized the house was on fire, she sent the 4-year-old outside, and then went to try to save her mother.”

But her mother did not survive the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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