3 victims identified in Homewood blaze Wednesday

3 victims identified in Homewood blaze Wednesday

Updated 4 hours ago

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office Wednesday identified the two women and child who died in Pittsburgh’s Homewood South neighborhood early in the day.

The deceased are Chy’enne Manning, 4, of Homewood; Sandra Carter, 58 of Pittsburgh; and Shamira Staten, 21, of Homewood.

The women and the child were found dead inside the house.

All three victims died between 3:43 a.m. and 3:50 a.m., according to the report.

No other details were given about their deaths, as the Medical Examiner’s office is still investigating the case, according to a press release Wednesday.

Police officers on routine patrol discovered the fire about 2:20 a.m. on Bennett Street, according to the city’s Department of Public Safety. The house was engulfed in flames.

A man was on the roof of a two-story structure next to the three-story house, authorities said. He suffered a leg injury when he jumped to safety. He was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, authorities said.

Pittsburgh Fire Chief Darryl Jones told the Trib’s news partner, WPXI-TV, that the fire spread quickly and was difficult to put out.

“The fire traveled so fast that the people didn’t have time to call 911 themselves — that it’s noticed by police officers on routine patrol, it’s difficult to understand how that can happen,” Jones said.

He said investigators will work to determine whether smoke detectors were in the home.

The fire was brought under control about 4 a.m.

“Fires this time of year are especially hard, especially for the first responders that arrive,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. “Firefighters and medics are obviously somewhat shaken up regarding this, especially with a potential infant or a child involved in the fire.”

Carla Smith, a Westmoreland County resident who owns a home that she plans to convert into a store two doors away from the fire, received a call from her niece about the fire near her property. She drove to the scene in her pajamas, fearing her property might be damaged.

“The house was already completely destroyed by the time I arrived,” Smith said. “I’m saddened. I’m heartbroken just to know that anybody perished in this fire. I see those people, I don’t know them, but I see them all the time. They were always laughing on the porch and having a good time.”

Staff writer Mary Ann Thomas contributed. Brian C. Rittmeyer and Ben Schmitt are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Rittmeyer at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer. Reach Schmitt at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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