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Oct 19, 2014 11:25 AM

Coroner: 6 fire victims died of smoke inhalation

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) Four children and two adults killed in a suburban house fire died of acute smoke and fume inhalation, according to autopsy results released Sunday.

Investigators have not identified the cause of Saturday's fire, which killed a recently married woman, her four young children and her disabled father-in-law.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the victims as Hope Jordan, 27; Dominic Jordan, 7; Autumn Jordan, 6; Serenity Jakub, 3; Victoria Jordan, 2; and Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55.

Previously, family members had identified the youngest victim as Victoria Jakub. They also gave Egenlauf's age as 56.

The sole survivor of the McKeesport blaze, Hope Jordan's husband, Keith Egenlauf, 23, remained hospitalized in critical condition. Relatives said he was burned over 55 percent of his body.

Keith Egenlauf and his wife initially fled the flames, but they returned to the burning two-story house in McKeesport, 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, in an effort to save the others, according to their family.

Father and son had lived in the yellow wood-frame house for about 10 years, said the younger man's aunt Donna Ackerman. Ronald Egenlauf had been paralyzed from a stroke he suffered about six years ago.

Keith Egenlauf and Jordan were married Dec. 7, according to their Facebook page.

Andrew Jakub, father of victim Serenity Jakub, said his daughter lived mostly with him in McKeesport but was visiting her mother this weekend. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review his daughter was like "a ray of sunshine" who loved to dance and listen to music.

Laverne Egenlauf, the mother of Keith and wife of Ronald, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she had recently moved out of the home. She said her son has a long road of medical procedures ahead of him.

"The doctors said he's young and healthy and they're looking for a good recovery," she said.

Still, she added, "He may heal, but he's lost everything."


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