Three victims of the New Castle house fire identified | News, Sports, Jobs


NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Two adults and a teenage boy died in a house fire early Wednesday morning in New Castle, Pa.

Firefighters were dispatched at 5:30 a.m. to the 700 block of West Clayton Street, where they saw smoke coming out of the house’s windows and flames coming out from one side of the house.

According to New Castle fire reports, a school-aged victim was found in the kitchen, an adult was on a staircase and the body of another adult was found in an upstairs bedroom.

New Castle Fire Chief Michael Kobbe told the newspaper the victims are identified as Courtney Payne, 41, and her 17-year-old daughter, Terrianna Payne, both of whom died inside the house. The third victim was visiting the Paynes, Kobbe said, and identified as Xzavia Booker, 18.

Kobbe said the fire allegedly started in the kitchen near a staircase to the basement. As of Wednesday afternoon, however, members of the Pennsylvania State Police were still inside the house trying to identify the origin and possible combustibles, Kobbe said.

New Castle Fire Department Local 160 posted on its Facebook page: “Last night, New Castle firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire in Mahoningtown. Teams arrived to find smoke and flames on the first floor of the structure. The teams quickly extinguished the fire and launched an initial search for the structure. Three victims were located inside the structure.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and our community during this extremely difficult time.”

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