- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Latest on a woman charged with setting a fatal boarding house fire in Pittsburgh (all times local):

3 p.m.

The Allegheny County medical examiner has identified the owner of a boarding house allegedly set on fire by one of his residents, killing him and two other people.

Seventy-three-year-old Derlyn Vance owned the house and died in the Wednesday morning fire; two other men who died, also of smoke inhalation and burns, were previously identified.

Pittsburgh police have charged 42-year-old Latoya Lyerly with setting the fire.

Police say she told them she set the fire because the boarding house was “filled with demons” and people who did drugs and had sex. But police also say she acknowledged threatening to burn down the home the night before after she became upset when Vance told her to turn down her radio.

Lyerly remains jailed without an attorney.

Neighbors and previous residents say Vance helped those who had fallen on hard times.

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7:45 a.m.

Police say a 42-year-old woman told them a Pittsburgh boarding house was “filled with demons” before she set it on fire, killing the owner and two other residents.

But police say that suspect, Latoya Lyerly, also told investigators she had argued with the owner about the volume of her radio the night before Wednesday’s fire, and that she had threatened to burn down the house.

Lyerly remained jailed Thursday on charges including homicide and arson. Police say she’d been living at the house for three weeks after getting kicked out of a YMCA in McKeesport. She says the owner paid her to cook since she had no money.

The name of the home’s owner wasn’t immediately confirmed. The other victims are 68-year-old Gerald Johnson and 56-year-old Calvin Turner.

Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.

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This story has been corrected to say that the suspect told police the boarding house was “filled with demons,” not that she claimed to be filled with demons.


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