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Two people are dead following a fire today in a White Oak apartment complex.
The names of the victims have not yet been released and the blaze is under investigation by the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office and Allegheny County police homicide officers.
Crews were dispatched at around 1 p.m. to the townhouse-style complex in the 2800 block of Lincoln Way, near the Westmoreland County line. County officials said in a prepared statement that upon arrival, police and firefighters were told that people may be trapped in the apartment that was on fire.
White Oak police attemped to enter the apartment through the front door, but were forced back because of "high heat and smoke," county officials said.
Fire crews then began bringing the blaze under control and searching the apartment, at which point the bodies of the two victims were discovered, county officials said.
Emergency Services Chief Matt Brown said in a release that "properly working and activated smoke detectors" were found in the unit that caught fire, as well as in the adjoining apartments.
Five apartments were affected by fire, smoke and water damage, county officials said. The American Red Cross has been asked to assist the residents.
Originally published February 07, 2017.