Elderly woman dies in Leechburg house fire

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Leechburg, Pa. – One elderly woman dies and another is transported to a Pittsburgh after fire breaks out inside a home in the 300 block of Beale Street in Leechburg just before 4:00 pm Wednesday afternoon.

Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said Pearl Sendry, age 96, was found on the couch in one of the front rooms of the residence. The residence caught fire and the subject was not able to get out.

Coroner Myers said there are no signs of foul play and the cause of the fire is under investigation by members of the PSP Fire Marshall and Leechburg Police. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Brian K. Myers. There will be no autopsy. Cause of death was ruled Carbon Monoxide Asphyxiation and the manner of death was ruled accidental. The incident is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police – Kittanning and the Armstrong Co. Coroner’s Office.

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Leechburg Firefighters, along with the assistance from Gilpin, Allegheny Township and West Leechburg fought the fire in extremely windy conditions that caused heavy smoke and flames for several hours. A fire truck in front of the residence continued to pour water through an upstairs window while other crews pulled siding from the front of the structure to get at the fire in the walls. A portion of the front porch roof appeared to be partially burned away causing unsafe conditions for entry through the front door as well as the main roof appeared to be sagging forcing firefighters to persist with the exterior attack. Fire crews were beginning to clear the scene as of 7:15 pm.

A BIG thanks goes out to all the residents and friends in the area who helped provide hot drinks to all the first responders on scene.