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Early-morning fire kills Ambridge man

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Beaver County man died early Wednesday after a fire in his home in the 600 block of Glenwood Avenue in Ambridge.

Richard Ross Jr., 37, was taken to Sewickley Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m., authorities said.

Officials think Ross might have fallen asleep while cooking. The fire started in the kitchen shortly before 3 a.m., Ambridge police Chief Mark Romutis said.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause, he said.

Five family members -- including three children -- who lived in an upstairs apartment escaped unhurt. Their family dog, Princess, was killed in the fire, Romutis said.

Two Ambridge police officers -- James Mann and Michael McQuaide -- were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, Romutis said. The officers were expected to remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

Ambridge, Harmony and Fair Oaks fire departments responded to the scene, as did Medic Rescue of Vanport and Economy Ambulance, Romutis said.

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