Lawrence County

3 people killed in fire at New Castle home

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Three people were killed in a house fire early Wednesday morning in Lawrence County.

One adult and two minors were found dead inside a home on West Clayton Street in New Castle after the home caught fire around 5:30 a.m., according to firefighters.

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When firefighters arrived there was fire on the right side of the house advancing to the second floor. The fire was put out rapidly, according to New Castle Fire Department Chief Michael Kobbe, but that is when the three victims were found.

Kobbe said the fire appears to have started in the area of the kitchen, and one high-school aged victim was found on the first floor, another victim on the staircase and an adult victim was found in an upstairs bedroom.

The adult victim upstairs called 911 and tried barricading herself in the home.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating, but the fire chief does not believe the fire was suspicious.