(This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.)
Two people are dead following a house fire in the 3000 block of State Street in White Oak.
Matt Brown, chief of emergency services for Allegheny County, said the fire was reported at 3:44 a.m. Thursday. Upon arrival less than five minutes later, White Oak police and firefighters found the house fully engulfed by flame, Brown said.
Firefighters entered the house and found two people dead on the first floor, Brown said. Their names have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin, he said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Brown said, and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office and the Medical Examiner's Office are on the scene.
Firefighters were forced to cope with extremely cold while battling the blaze, Brown said, but no injuries to police or firefighters were reported. McKeesport firefighters, the Salvation Army and other agencies assisted at the scene, he said.
Originally published December 28, 2017.