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July 4, 2014

State briefs 7/5/2014

Woman killed in Armstrong house fire

RURAL VALLEY – Authorities said a woman was killed and three other people escaped by jumping out of a second-floor window after fire tore through their Armstrong County home.

Emergency dispatchers said the blaze along Route 1042 in Cowanshannock Township was reported shortly after 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Rural Valley fire officials said the home was engulfed in flames by the time they arrived seven minutes later.

The name of the woman who died hadn’t been released.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

1 girl killed, 1 injured by toppling dresser

ALIQUIPPA – Authorities in Beaver County said a 2-year-old girl was killed and a 3-year-old injured when a dresser toppled onto them.

Rescue crews in Aliquippa were called to the home shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Mayor Dwan Walker said emergency responders performed CPR on both girls before rushing them to the hospital.

Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said Brooklyn Beatty was pronounced dead at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital.

The other girl was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where her condition wasn’t immediately available.

Man killed during backyard barbecue

PITTSBURGH – Authorities said a man was shot and killed during a holiday barbecue in the backyard of a home.

Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said a fight started between the man and another person in the house in the Homewood neighborhood shortly before 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Toler said the man was shot multiple times before the unidentified shooter ran away.

The victim’s name was not immediately released.

Power slowly returns after storms in Philly

PHILADELPHIA – Repair crews were making steady progress on restoring power to customers left without electricity after powerful thunderstorms moved across Pennsylvania on Thursday.

At the storm’s peak, nearly 171,000 utility customers had no power. That was down to about 12,600 by Friday evening.

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