Area News In Brief…


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Fire that killed 6

ruled accidental

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Investigators in eastern Pennsylvania say a house fire that claimed the lives of six members of a family on Mother’s Day was accidental.

Chief Todd March of the Pottsville fire department told The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald ( ) that the May 12 fire began in a kitchen on the second floor of Pottsville home and spread up the stairs to the third floor, where all six victims were found.

Killed were 31-year-old Eric Brown, his sister-in-law, 26-year-old Kristina Thomas, and Brown’s children: 2-year-old Elijah Brown; 3-year-old Emily Brown; 7-year-old Jeremiah Brown; and 8-year-old Joy Brown.

Dr. David Moylan, the Schuylkill County coroner, said all six victims died of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.

Central Pa. fire

kills four people

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say an early morning fire at a central Pennsylvania home has killed four people, including two children, and left three other residents critically injured.

Fire Chief Timothy Gregg says the fire started in the kitchen of the three-story duplex at about 3 a.m. Thursday. He says investigators believe the cause was overcooked food.

He says the dead are two children, a 65-year-old man and a man in his 40s.

The blaze sent seven people to the hospital. A Lancaster General Hospital official says three patients were transferred to a burn center in critical condition. Another person was in serious condition. Several others were treated and released.

Gregg says several families lived in the home and there were no smoke detectors.

Body found in

in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police say a body has been recovered from a northeast Philadelphia creek where a 13-year-old boy went missing while swimming several days ago, but officials are releasing little information about the victim.

A police spokeswoman says the body was recovered just after 6:30 a.m. Thursday in Pennypack Creek. She said the body is that of a male, but no other details were released pending an examination by the coroner’s office.

Authorities said Brandon Boyle was swimming with his 11-year-old brother and their friends in the Pennypack Creek on Monday when he was swept away by the rain-swollen waters.

2-year-old struck

by car, dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police say a 2-year-old girl was struck and killed by a car in south Philadelphia.

A police spokeswoman says the girl ran in front of the vehicle shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

She was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition but was pronounced dead just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The accident is under investigation.