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Ten people were trapped and killed and two managed to escape early Thursday from a house engulfed by flames near Brockway, a town of about 2,000 people situated about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, authorities said.

At 5 a.m. on any given day, Anne Mahlum could be found running the dark streets of Philadelphia — with homeless men cheering her on as she passed their shelter. But one morning last spring, she stopped in her tracks.

One moment, the little girl was sitting on the couch in her home. The next, the split-level house in suburban Pittsburgh was obliterated by a natural-gas explosion and the girl — still alive — was covered with debris in the yard next to a neighbor’s house.