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A family has been left heartbroken after flames tore through a Pittsburgh area home Saturday morning, leaving six loved ones dead and one hospitalized.
Emergency crews were called to the fire at a home in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, shortly before 7 a.m.
Chief Alvin Henderson of the Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services confirmed that four children and two adults – one man and one woman – died in the fire.
“When the fire, police and EMS arrived on scene, there was heavy fire already coming out of the windows and doors of the structure. They made their best attempt to try to get into the structure, but due to how rapidly involved the fire was, they were not able to successfully go in and actually perform a rescue,” Henderson said.
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Family members and officials identified those killed in the fire as Hope Jordan, 27, and her four children, Dominic Jordan, 7; Autumn Jordan, 6; Serenity Jakub, 3; and Victoria Jordan, 2. Hope Jordan’s father-in-law, Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55, who was wheelchair-bound, also died.
The deaths were caused by acute smoke and fume inhalation, according to the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner.
"Things were just finally turning good for them, and then you have this,” said Lisa Lakenan, Hope Jordan’s sister-in-law.
Joseph Jordan, Hope Jordan’s father, raced to McKeesport from his home in Johnstown after learning about the devastating fire.
“I just threw some clothes on and jumped in the car and thought I could say goodbye to my daughter before she passed away,” Joseph Jordan said. “Hope was a good mother.”
Initial reports of the fire indicated that one person was taken to a hospital. According to family members, Keith Egenlauf, Hope Jordan’s husband, suffered burns to more than 50 percent of his body. He was listed in critical condition at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
"He's sedated. Burned pretty bad,” said Laverne Egenlauf, wife of Ronald Egenlauf and mother of Keith Egenlauf.
Laverne Egenlauf said her son tried to save his father, Ronald Egenlauf.
"I feel like I’m in a bad nightmare, and I just want to wake up from it," she said.
Laverne Egenlauf said her son was planning on adopting the four children, and that he and her daughter-in-law would have celebrated their first wedding anniversary in December.
"They were gorgeous kids, gorgeous. And Dom was like a little man,” she said. "Autumn, I called her my little princess. I loved her so much."
DeAndre Jackson, who lives nearby, said, "I kept hearing someone screaming but I didn't know where it was coming from. And then I went to my window and the blinds were flashing, so I opened the blinds, and I saw the guy and I saw the whole house lit on fire, and then we just ran outside and called 911.”
“This is a big loss for the community and obviously for the family. Our hearts go out to them,” Henderson said.
A dog also was killed in the fire, the cause of which has yet to be determined.
Officials said the wood frame of the home, as well as a balloon-style construction, which allows for open air space in the wall joists from the basement to the roof, helped to fuel the flames that started on the first floor.
“When you couple that together with a windy day, it's basically the perfect recipe to feed that fire and let it grow exponentially, and it just increases in volume and size quite rapidly,” Henderson said.
"They wouldn't let me go near the house, but why do I want to go there? Daughter’s not there no more,” Joseph Jordan said.
"This is just so much to comprehend. You know, we’ve got six that are gone,” Laverne Egenlauf said. "We’re just trying to survive this the best we can."
Donations to help the family can be made here.
The day of paying your tab with your iPhone has come, and despite today's rollout of Apple Pay, not all expected stores are on the shopping list.
According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 220,000 stores or apps will now take the Apple Pay and your fingerprint as a means of payment. Companies including McDonald's, Whole Foods and Walt Disney World have already signed up.
But one glaring omission is the nation's largest retailer, Walmart is not taking Apple Pay as a way to settle your bill.
Wall Street Journal said it's because few of the company's registers have the capability of reading the radio signal that makes the app work. Also only the newest phones,the iPhone 6 and iPhone6 Plus, have the technology that produces the signal for brick and mortar stores.
While, 222,000 merchants are ready to take the technology, Forbes discovered there are 8 million retail points of sale.
Another omission in the technology, not all cards will be compatible with the system, yet.
According to Forbes, only the nation's largest banks, like Bank of America, Capital One and Citi, have signed up. Many smaller, local banks and store credit cards are not part of the initial rollout. Neither are prepaid and corporate cards.Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:55:21 -0400
The man police said killed a woman last week in north Charlotte that he had dated for years has died, according to authorities.
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Officers said Paul Williams went into cardiac arrest at the Mecklenburg County Jail Friday and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police said Williams, 55, shot and killed 44-year-old Jestine Clyburn on Echo Glen Road Oct. 15.
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Family members said their 8-year-old son was home at the time of the shooting. Neighbors said the couple was arguing before they heard a gunshot.
Detectives said a domestic-related altercation led to the shooting.