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More information house fire of Kirby Wilson

The Post Gazette reports: A Friday fire that left Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson severely burned started in the kitchen of his Seven Fields townhouse, a state fire marshal said today.

Mr. Wilson, 50, is hospitalized at UPMC Mercy, where investigators have not been able to speak with him about the early morning fire, the cause of which remains under investigation, said Trooper Luke Nelson of the Butler barracks.

Team sources have said Mr. Wilson suffered burns over 30 to 50 percent of his body, but investigators still aren’t sure why he was so badly hurt.

Trooper Nelson said the fire started near a stove and was contained to the kitchen, though the townhouse on Jameson Way also sustained much smoke and water damage.

Neighbors said they banged on the door for what seemed like several minutes before Mr. Wilson emerged, bloodied, burned and disoriented. He muttered that he was OK, but was unable to offer them an explanation for how the fire started or what he was doing at the time.

The fire appears to be an accident, Trooper Nelson said, adding that investigators are making progress toward determining a cause.

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