2012-06-14 / Police Reports

Fire Destroys Pa. Home, Kills 96-Year-Old Man

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Fire investigators in central Pennsylvania are trying to find out what started an early morning blaze that destroyed a home and claimed the life of an elderly man.

Lancaster County officials told the (Lancaster) Sunday News that the Manor Township blaze was reported shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities said 96-yearold Luther Killian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire Commissioner Duane Hagelgans said the victim used a wheelchair and was unable to escape by himself.

He said a woman ran to a neighbor’s seeking help but the flames prevented them from getting into the building.

The home, declared a total loss valued at $210,000, was deemed a hazard and demolished later in the day.

Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni said an autopsy on the victim is scheduled Monday.

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