DA: No detectors found after 6 died in house fire

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Posted: Nov 06, 2014 8:48 AM

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Officials say they found no smoke detectors in a home where six people, including four children, died in a fire last month.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of the fire in McKeesport.

Although the fire's cause is still officially "undetermined" investigators say someone smoking on a couch may have caused the blaze. Arson and accidental causes like faulty electrical wiring have been ruled out.

The Oct. 18 blaze killed 55-year-old Ronald Egenlauf Sr., his 27-year-old daughter-in-law Hope Jordan, and her four children, ages 2 through 7.

Jordan and her children lived in the home after she married Egenlauf's son, 23-year-old Keith, who escaped with severe burns.

Zappala says investigators are trying to determine if the landlord violated rental ordinances.