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Police get fire investigators' report on deadly North Braddock blaze

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By Michael Hasch
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Allegheny County fire investigators have completed their examination of the North Braddock fire that killed 3-year-old twin boys but won't say what caused the fire until homicide detectives complete their work.

Dental records were used Tuesday to confirm the identities of the boys as Ky'Heir D. Arthur and Dy'Heir Arthur, a spokesman for the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Relatives and friends of the family have said the boys' mother, Dalawna Berran-Lett, 32, told them she left the boys home alone for a brief time Friday afternoon to look for her 15-year-old daughter who did not come directly home from school. She said she returned to find the house at the corner of 13th Street and Rebecca Avenue in flames.

Alvin Henderson, the county's chief of emergency services, said fire investigators completed their work Tuesday and turned the results over to Allegheny County Police.

“Because of the ongoing investigation, there will be no further information or comment provided at this time,” Henderson said.

Police and a spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. could not be reached for comment.

The heaviest damage appeared to be in the rear of the two-story house.

Investigators have said that Dy'Heir — who died of burns and smoke inhalation — was found in the kitchen on the first floor in the rear of the house. Ky'Heir — who died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning — was found in a second-floor bedroom.

Visitation for the boys is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Odell Robinson Funeral Home, 2025 Perrysville Ave., North Side. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Christian Missionary Baptist Church, 344 Hale St., Homewood.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or

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