LAWRENCE COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) – A man and his dog died in house fire in New Castle early Saturday morning.READ MORE: Residents At Pittsburgh Apartment Complex Say Heat Is Still Broken
The Lawrence County coroner confirmed to KDKA that 40-year-old Fletcher Hudson Jr. was found dead along with his dog at the house on Martin Street.
The fire started around 4:30 a.m. It destroyed the home and a shed in the backyard.
Fire officials say the flames were so strong, firefighters couldn’t go inside the burning building. They found the victims inside after the fire was extinguished.READ MORE: Police: Truck Carrying 100 Monkeys Crashes In Pennsylvania, Some Missing
The fire also heavily damaged a neighboring home that was under renovation.
Fire officials say because the home collapsed in the blaze, investigators may not be able to determine how the fire started.MORE NEWS: UPMC Study: COVID-19 Linked With Headaches, Altered Mental Status In Hospitalized Kids
“We’re not going to be able to determine that based on the remains of the structure. The destruction was so thorough, it’s going to be impossible for us based on that to make a determination,” New Castle Police Sgt. David Viggiano said.