Man dies after residential fire in Braddock Hills, victim identified

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — A man has died after a residential fire in Braddock Hills Monday morning.

The fire broke out around 6 a.m. Monday at the Brinton Towers senior affordable living apartment building in North Braddock.

More than 100 senior citizens were forced out of their homes from the fire.

The man who died has been identified as 60-year-old Kevin Prince.

“I had woke up and I couldn’t breathe and I opened my door and it was smoke,” said Keith Caldwell, who lives on the third floor of Brinton Towers.

Rydzak said that’s the same floor where the fire started.

“I was scared when I couldn’t breathe because I didn’t know what really was going on,” said Caldwell.

According to Rydzak, ten apartments were damaged by the two-alarm fire and are not currently livable.

“It was so bad that when I woke up the smoke was all in my apartment,” said Reggie Spencer, who lives on the sixth floor. “I opened the stairwell on this side and it was filled with smoke. I couldn’t even come down here.”

Spencer had to find a clear stairwell on the other side of the building to get to safety.

Caldwell needed help from a paramedic.

“They brought oxygen up and they walked me to the elevator and brought me down to our community room,” said Caldwell.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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