3 men found dead after fire in Pittsburgh boarding house

LATOYA LYERLY  (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Photo)
LATOYA LYERLY (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Photo)

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Police have arrested a female in connection with the early morning fatal fire Wednesday at a boarding house in Homewood.
Latoya Lyerly, 42, of Homewood, is being charged with 3 counts of criminal homicide, aggravated arson, arson endangering persons, arson endangering property, and causing or risking a catastrophe.
Officials said the fire in the three-story building was reported shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Fire Chief Darryl Jones said heavy flames were visible when crews arrived, and the fire was so intense that it set off an alarm next door.
Public safety spokeswoman Emily Schaffer said the bodies of two men were found on the second floor and the other victim was found on the third floor.
Officials and neighbors said the residence was a boarding house where six or seven people, often homeless, would stay at a time.
The neighboring residence was occupied and received minor smoke damage. The occupants of that home were uninjured. There were no injuries to firefighters.
The cause and origin of the fire are currently under investigation.
Many thanks to the Salvation Army for being on scene to assist first responders.
Additional information from the Department of Public Safety.


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