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Death of man found in Bethel Park home fire a suicide

| Friday, March 16, 2012

The death of a Bethel Park man who was found in the locked bedroom of his burning home has been ruled a suicide, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Thursday.

An autopsy showed that Joshua Lapaglia, 20, died of an incisor wound in the neck, the spokesman said.

Bethel Park police were called to Lapaglia's home on Milford Drive shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and found the bedroom locked and on fire, investigators said.

They forced their way into the room and pulled out Lapaglia, who was taken to St. Clair Hospital. He died an hour later.

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