Three juveniles held in Pittston fire that killed child

By Roger DuPuis and Jerry Lynott - [email protected]
State police tape off an area around 18 Wood St., Pittston on Tuesday following a fatal fire at the home earlier in the day. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader State police tape off an area around 18 Wood St., Pittston on Tuesday following a fatal fire at the home earlier in the day. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Pennsylvania State Police investigate after a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston on Tuesday. Aimee Dilger|Times LeaderAimee Dilger | Times Leader Pennsylvania State Police investigate after a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston on Tuesday. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
An 11-year-old boy died as a result of a fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston early Tuesday morning, leading police to launch a criminal investigation. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader An 11-year-old boy died as a result of a fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston early Tuesday morning, leading police to launch a criminal investigation. - Jerry Lynott | Times Leader
A state trooper investigating a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston Tuesday looks at evidence found outside the charred house. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader A state trooper investigating a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston Tuesday looks at evidence found outside the charred house. - - Jerry Lynott | Times Leader
A neighbor said one of the people living at the house at 18 Wood St. in Pittston tried to use a ladder and fire extinguisher to rescue an 11-year-old boy from a second-floor bedroom, but the child died as a result of the blaze that’s under investigation. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader A neighbor said one of the people living at the house at 18 Wood St. in Pittston tried to use a ladder and fire extinguisher to rescue an 11-year-old boy from a second-floor bedroom, but the child died as a result of the blaze that’s under investigation. - - Jerry Lynott | Times Leader
A Pennsylvania state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. A state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader A Pennsylvania state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. A state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. - - Jerry Lynott | Times Leader
State police photograph the scene Tuesday of a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. An 11-year-old boy died in the early morning blaze. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader State police photograph the scene Tuesday of a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. An 11-year-old boy died in the early morning blaze. - - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

PITTSTON — Three juveniles were taken into custody Tuesday night hours after an 11-year-old boy died from injuries sustained in a fire at a home on Wood Street.

Luzerne County Coroner Dan Hughes confirmed the fatality, but held off identifying the boy until the family was contacted.

Pittston police reported three juveniles were arrested as a result of an investigation. Due to rules of juvenile court procedure, their names were not released by police.

Other family members safely fled the blaze, though police did not identify other residents of the home.

Police said the county District Attorney’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police assisted in the investigation.

Neighbor Bill Price permitted investigators to view the video from his Ring door camera that showed a fireball lighting up the night at 18 Wood St. at 12:49 a.m.

“I couldn’t believe how fast, how fast (the house went up in flames),” Price said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 12:51 a.m., police said in a news release. They brought the fire under control and removed the boy from the house. He was rushed by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township where Hughes pronounced him dead, police said.

The fire tore through the two-story wood house and investigators, including state police fire marshal Karri Dodson, focused on the porch under the bedroom of the boy, the area where a flash was caught by Price’s video camera. Charred debris littered the front yard and the leaves of a bush were scorched by the inferno.

“There were five of them in there, I believe,” Price said.

County property records listed the owner of the house as Bobbie Jo Karpinski.

“The daughter came up here,” Price said. “Her and her boyfriend, they jumped out a second-floor window and they came over here. They had their two little dogs and they were sitting on the porch.”

Price said he did not know how the others got out. But he said he saw firefighters carry out the boy.

“And they hurried, God bless them, them poor guys. They hurried down that ladder with that little boy and they ran him to the ambulance,” Price said.

Price, 60, who’s retired, recalled lending the boy a pair of welding goggles to look at a solar eclipse. “I went over there, he was thrilled to death to see that,” Price said.

Another neighbor who did not want to be identified said he spoke to the family. He said they told him they were asleep when the fire started. One of the people living in the house tried to get to the boy’s bedroom with a ladder and fire extinguisher, the neighbor said.

The ladder rested against a block wall and the fire extinguisher stood on the concrete sidewalk in front of the house.

State police tape off an area around 18 Wood St., Pittston on Tuesday following a fatal fire at the home earlier in the day.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_TTL071019FIRE1-5.jpgState police tape off an area around 18 Wood St., Pittston on Tuesday following a fatal fire at the home earlier in the day. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Pennsylvania State Police investigate after a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston on Tuesday. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_TTL071019FIRE3-3.jpgPennsylvania State Police investigate after a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston on Tuesday. Aimee Dilger|Times LeaderAimee Dilger | Times Leader

An 11-year-old boy died as a result of a fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston early Tuesday morning, leading police to launch a criminal investigation.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_Pittston-Fire-1-3.jpgAn 11-year-old boy died as a result of a fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston early Tuesday morning, leading police to launch a criminal investigation. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader

A state trooper investigating a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston Tuesday looks at evidence found outside the charred house.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_Pittston-Fire-2-3.jpgA state trooper investigating a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston Tuesday looks at evidence found outside the charred house. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader

A neighbor said one of the people living at the house at 18 Wood St. in Pittston tried to use a ladder and fire extinguisher to rescue an 11-year-old boy from a second-floor bedroom, but the child died as a result of the blaze that’s under investigation.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_Pittston-Fire-4-3.jpgA neighbor said one of the people living at the house at 18 Wood St. in Pittston tried to use a ladder and fire extinguisher to rescue an 11-year-old boy from a second-floor bedroom, but the child died as a result of the blaze that’s under investigation. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader

A Pennsylvania state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. A state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_Pittston-Fire-3-3.jpgA Pennsylvania state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. A state trooper removes evidence from the fatal fire Tuesday morning at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. Jerry Lynott | Times Leader

State police photograph the scene Tuesday of a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. An 11-year-old boy died in the early morning blaze.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/web1_TTL071019FIRE2-3.jpgState police photograph the scene Tuesday of a fatal fire at 18 Wood St. in Pittston. An 11-year-old boy died in the early morning blaze. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Three juveniles arrested hours after blaze

By Roger DuPuis and Jerry Lynott

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