Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

1 DEAD, 1 INJURED AFTER HOUSE FIRE IN BIG BEAVER [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

1 DEAD, 1 INJURED AFTER HOUSE FIRE IN BIG BEAVER [Derived Headline]

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1 DEAD, 1 INJURED AFTER HOUSE FIRE IN BIG BEAVER

One person was dead and another hospitalized after a house fire in Big Beaver this morning.

Assistant Chief Adam Crepp said the Big Beaver Volunteer Fire Company got a report of a house fire on the 1100 block of Shenango Road just before 2 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire in the front of a house at 1137 Shenango and were able to contain it within minutes, he said.

Two interior teams went into the house, the first finding one person dead inside, Chief Crepp said. He did not know that person's identity.

Emergency medical personnel took another person to a hospital, he said.

Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said it would be several days before the victim's identity was confirmed because the body was "burnt beyond recognition."

She said authorities were assuming the victim was female based on information about who was in the house.

Pennsylvania State Police in Beaver said the barracks there does not have a fire marshal so the investigation is being handled out of the Butler County barracks.

A fire marshal there could not be immediately reached this morning.

MISSING WOMAN FOUND IN E. LIBERTY

A Castle Shannon woman police described as "endangered" was found safe today in East Liberty.

Joan Lynn Meissonier, 59, had told relatives she wanted to live on the streets before she disappeared from her home New Year's Eve.

Castle Shannon police Chief Kenneth M. Truver said in a press release an acquaintance found Ms. Meissonier and called one of her relatives.

Chief Truver thanked callers for their numerous tips and cited the help of Pittsburgh police in finding Ms. Meissonier.

CONTROLLER CALLS FOR REVIEW OF PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

Allegheny County's Office of Property Assessment should undertake a parcel-by-parcel review of real estate tax exemptions claimed by charitable and non-profit organizations, Controller Chelsa Wagner urged today.

That recommendation was included in an audit of the office, known by the acronym OPA, that also questioned the adequacy of what is supposed to be a three-year cycle of re-examining how exempt properties are being used. …

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