SHENANGO TWP. Pa. (WKBN) – Crews were back at a Shenango Township home for another fire Friday where three brothers with mental disabilities were found dead Thursday.
The fire at the house on Circle Drive started about 6 a.m. Friday morning and was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
After investigation, Deputy Fire Marshal Trooper Luke Nelson said the fire appears to be a rekindle of Thursday’s fire. He said there were a lot of combustible materials in the attic, where the fire started.
“It appears that a hot ember was hidden up there somewhere, and essentially, smoldered until it got enough oxygen to rekindle and ignite the roof,” he said.
The fire burned destroyed most of the attic and roof.
Thursday’s fire is still under investigation as an arson, as there is evidence that the fire was started intentionally in several locations.
Thursday, the three men were found dead in the basement of the house after crews were called there to put out a fire. State police believe the fire started about 5 a.m. when some neighbors smelled smoke, but it wasn’t reported until someone saw flames glowing in the basement about 7:30 a.m.
Pennsylvania State Police has identified the men as 50-year-old Daniel Fombelle, 56-year-old Robert Fombelle and 57-year-old Richard Fombelle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The brothers weren’t burned and were found in a remote part of the basement.
Autopsies were conducted Thursday night, but results have not yet been released.
Troopers with the State Police Major Crimes Unit say they’re pursuing the case as a triple-homicide.