- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - A police chief says there will be no more charges in a southwestern Pennsylvania garage fire that contributed to the death of a firefighter who had a heart attack at the scene.

Somerset Chief Randy Cox says the facts don’t warrant an aggravated arson charges against 45-year-old Kerri O’Baker in the Nov. 5 fire on her property. She’s told police she and her juvenile son were burning trash and that a miscommunication led to the fire being left unattended before it also burned the garage and a fence.

Forty-eight-year-old Somerset volunteer firefighter Edward Roddy collapsed while fighting the blaze before he died Feb. 22 at a Pittsburgh hospital.

But an autopsy has since revealed he had severe coronary artery disease and Cox says the aggravated arson charge generally applies to purposely set fires, not accidents.



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