Woman, 77, dies in Indiana Township house fire |

Woman, 77, dies in Indiana Township house fire

Erica Dietz | Trib Total Media
The aftermath of a house fire along 18 Crest Drive in Indianola on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.
Betty L. McCann, 77, died in a fire at her home on Crest Drive in Indiana Township on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.
Erica Dietz | Trib Total Media
A house caught fire at 18 Crest Drive in Indianola on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

An Indiana Township woman died in a fire early Sunday morning in her home.

Betty L. McCann, 77, of Crest Drive died from acute smoke and fume inhalation, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to Lt. Kevin Allison of the Dorseyville Volunteer Fire Department, the rear of McCann’s single-story home was fully involved when firefighters arrived at the scene around 3 a.m. Firefighters made two attempts to rescue McCann, who was in the living room, but pulled out each time because of possible collapse, Allison said.

“There was just too much smoke; too much fire,” said Allison, 31, who lives across the street from the house. “We couldn’t rescue her. We couldn’t get in there.”

Once crews knocked the fire down from outside, firefighters entered the house and found McCann’s body in the living room. She was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.

The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. In an email, Fire Marshal Alvin Henderson Jr. said the blaze originated from an enclosed porch in the rear of the house.

“There is nothing of suspicious nature at this time, nothing further to report,” he said. “The investigation remains open.”

According to Allison, McCann’s son-in-law, who also lives in the house, escaped without injury. Her husband, James McCann, and her live-in daughter were away at work at the time, Allison said.

McCann’s dog, Spankie, died in the fire.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 17 years, and this is my first fatal,” Allison said. “It doesn’t happen up here very often, but it’s tragic when it does.”

The fire in the McCann home was the sixth in the Alle-Kiski Valley since Tuesday.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or [email protected].

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