- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

CHESWICK, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have identified the woman killed in a western Pennsylvania apartment fire over the weekend.

The Allegheny County medical examiner tells WTAE-TV that 52-year-old Carol Alese died in the blaze Sunday in Harmar Township.

Chief Kevin Funkhouser of the Allegheny Valley Fire Department says crews found smoke coming from a second-story unit just before noon. He says the victim was found on the second floor.

Neighbors tell WPXI-TV the woman tossed a cat out of the window but was unable to escape. Funkhouser says a neighbor tried to help Alese before firefighters arrived, but couldn’t get past the flames.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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