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Allegheny Township fire claims second victim

| Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 11:39 a.m.

An Allegheny Township woman who was rescued from the fire that killed her husband last month has died.

Linda Zidek, 64, died on Wednesday from injuries she suffered in the blaze that killed Dennis Zidek, 70, in their house on Jan. 25.

The 4:30 a.m. fire destroyed the house at 14 Louise St., which is about a mile and a half from the intersection of Hyde Park Road and the Route 56 Bypass.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said she died Wednesday afternoon at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, where she was being treated for burns suffered in the fire. Her death was ruled accidental.

Neighbors Tifinie-Lyn Cole and her boyfriend, Carlton Smith, helped Linda Zidek get off the house's deck. The deck had no steps to the ground, so they had to get a ladder to rescue the critically injured woman.

Smith tried several times to get inside the house but couldn't reach Dennis Zidek, Smith said in an earlier interview.

Cole and Smith also started a fund to help her soon after the fire.

In an email, Cole said she and Smith learned about Zidek's death from the Zidek family.The Linda Zidek Recovery Fund has received about $900 in donations.

“It will go to cover medical expenses and funeral arrangements,” Cole said in the email.

Cole and Smith declined to be interviewed.

Trooper Seth Helman, a state police deputy fire marshal, said Thursday the cause of the fire will remain “undetermined.” That's because the severity of the blaze makes it impossible to determine a cause.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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