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then ignited ordinary combustibles
around the foot of the bed.
The residence was a two-and-a-half
story wood structure with gable roof
framing and occupied a ground floor
area of 960 square feet (89 square
meters). It was equipped with a monitored residential fire alarm system.
Damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $20,000.

PENNSYLVANIA
One dies in unattended cooking fire
An early afternoon house fire that
claimed the life of a female occupant
was ignited by cooking materials left
unattended in the kitchen, according to
fire department reports.
News reports indicated that firefighters were able to rescue another
occupant and that a third occupant
escaped the fire on his own.
Firefighters were dispatched to
the fire at 1 p.m. after a 911 call by a
neighbor. Responding crews observed

a smoke column while en route to the
scene and requested a second alarm following reports of a person trapped on
the second floor of the residence.
An engine company and battalion
chief were first to arrive and made
entry through the front door to begin
searching for the occupant. As additional companies arrived and pulled
attack lines for extinguishment, interior
crews reported that thermal imaging
cameras were only displaying a white
screen due to high temperatures.
Exterior crews set up ground ladders and broke windows to provide
ventilation and visibility for those
inside. Thick black smoke began
pouring from the interior once the
windows were broken, gradually providing enough visibility for interior
crews to locate the female occupant
on the floor of a second-floor bedroom. Crews immediately rushed her
outside to an awaiting medical crew,
who transferred her to an ambulance

and began treatment. The victim was
later pronounced dead at the scene by
a coroner.
Firefighters knocked the fire down
in approximately 20 minutes and then
began overhaul activities.
Investigators found one smoke detector on the floor but did not indicate
where it was operable.
The house was a two-and-a-half story
wood structure occupying a ground
floor area of 1,162 square feet (108
square meters).
The fire caused $50,000 in damage to
the structure, valued at $73,000. The contents, valued at $5,000, were a total loss.

Vehicle
IOWA
Fleeing motorist dies after ramming
airport fuel dispenser
Firefighters were dispatched to a local

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