Woman killed in four-alarm fire in Hill District

A 95-year-old woman was killed in a four-alarm fire that destroyed her home Wednesday afternoon in the city's Hill District neighborhood.

KDKA identified the victim as Thelma Witherspoon.

The fire was reported about 12:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Shawnee Street. It spread next door and severely damaged a home where the woman's sister lived, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Michael Huss said.

Raw video: Fire engulfs Hill District house

Pittsburgh firefighters were searching for an elderly woman whose house burned down this afternoon in the city's Hill District neighborhood. (Video by Larry Roberts; 1/28/2014)

Firefighters initially thought both women were missing, but the one sister returned home from shopping as the fire raged, officials at the scene said. She was reported in good condition after being treated by Emergency Medical Services.

First Published January 29, 2014 1:09 PM


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