- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - Emergency crews planned to use cadaver dogs after a man could not be found and was presumed dead in a western Pennsylvania house fire.

Beaver County officials weren’t immediately releasing the man’s name after the fire Wednesday in Potter Township. That’s about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

The fire was reported about 8 a.m. and took about three hours to control.

Several people were in the home and got out safely, but authorities believe the husband of a woman who lived there was trapped in the basement. That’s because the woman uses oxygen and told investigators her husband was in the habit of smoking in the basement as a result.

Investigators didn’t immediately say what caused the fire, but believed an oil-burning stove in the basement might have fueled the flames.

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