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Teen’s Fire Death Called Homicide in Pennsylvania

No Cause or Motive Yet Determined

AN APARTMENT FIRE TUESDAY NIGHT in upper Chester County, Pennsylvania, was knocked down quickly by the firefighters who next discovered a body in the mess.

The county district attorney responded to the scene and determined that the death is being handled as a homicide after finding blood spots on the outer stairwell wall, along the floor and inside the apartment.  The victim was later identified as Kevin Allen, 17, of Norristown.

Pottsville Mercury photo

The call was dispatched shortly after 7 pm to the upper-story apartment.

WPVI-TV reported further:

"In this case the murderer made some mistakes, so we have some leads to work on," said Chester County D.A. Tom Hogan. When asked if Allen was targeted, Hogan said "It does not appear to be a random attack."

The apartment belongs to the victim's father, who shared parental custody of the 17-year-old with the boy's mother, who lives in Norristown. Allen's father was not at home at the time.

Hogan said it was not unusual for Allen to visit his dad. "They're devastated that they lost a 17-year-old son," Hogan said of Allen's parents.

There was no word on exactly how Allen was killed. An autopsy was planned for late Wednesday.

WPVI-TV posted this video report:


NBC 10 Philadelphia also filed this video report from the scene:


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