Deadly W. Pa. fire may have been started by child

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MCKEESPORT (AP) – The Allegheny County District Attorney says a deadly fire that claimed a young girl near Pittsburgh appears to have been started by a five-year-old boy.


District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. says the investigation into the March 23 McKeesport fire found that the girl’s cousin intentionally started it.


Zappala says the boy is being evaluated by Children, Youth and Families, who may start court proceedings to remove him from his family since he has a history of starting fires.


Deputy Fire Chief Don Sabol says the fire started about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the child’s home and burned houses on either side of that structure.


Zappala also says the landlord could be held liable for the blaze if investigators determine that the house had no smoke detectors.


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