Pennsylvania Firefighters Recover Woman’s Body from Collapse and Clutter

BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP) – Emergency crew have recovered the body of a woman from a home that collapsed when it caught fire in suburban Pittsburgh, after flames and extreme clutter delayed efforts to reach the woman.

The fire began before dawn Friday in Bethel Park, where the car of a woman who lived alone in the home remained in the driveway.

Neighbors are telling reporters and investigators at the scene that the woman called some of them seeking a gun to harm herself hours before the fire. They’ve also described the woman as a “hoarder.”

Emergency crews say they’re treating the ruins as a “crime scene.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/JXE0wg ) authorities confirmed finding the body, but have yet to release the woman’s identity or to say how or where they believe the fire started.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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