Investigators say deadly Washington County fire started in living room
A fire that killed a Washington County mother and her young son started in the family's living room, according to state fire investigators.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the initial investigation ruled out suspicious activity, said Pennsylvania State Trooper Steven Thompson with the fire marshal's office.
Lisa Marie Hewitt, 27, and her son, Timothy Hewitt Jr., 5, were trapped in a second-story bedroom and died in the Sunday night fire.
The family had a wood-burning stove in the living room. Thompson could not yet say whether the stove caused the fire.
“To put something as the cause of the fire, you also have to eliminate everything else. We're having difficulty doing that,” he said.
Fire investigators have not been able to rule out other causes, such as faulty electrical wiring, because of the extensive damage.
The Washington County Coroner's Office will not release the cause of the deaths until the fire investigation is completed, it said on Wednesday.
A fund to help Timothy Hewitt Sr., who lost his wife and son in the fire, has been set up at Community Bank. Contributions to the Timothy Hewitt Sr. Donation Fund can be made in person at any branch or mailed to Community Bank, 100 N. Market St., PO Box 357, Carmichaels, PA 15320.
A memorial for the Hewitts is set for 7 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes in Washington. Visitation will begin three hours before the memorial.
Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Burrell students embark on educational adventure
- Pirates trade Snider to Orioles for minor league pitcher
- Daily Courier roundup: Southmoreland boys edge Mt. Pleasant
- Penn State New Ken celebrates ‘Unity Day’
- Winfield man is one of a few to attend all 49 Super Bowl games
- Corps asks more input on nuclear dump plans
- Pens get physical, trade Goc for Blues’ Lapierre
- Springdale puts limits on adult businesses
- Former Steelers LB Haggans to do time in Westmoreland jail
- Now a Patriot, RB Blount’s thrilled to have moved on from Steelers
- Suspects in attempted Upper St. Clair home invasion held for court on other charges