Fire kills three, authorities say
September 22, 2013 1:30 AM
by ABBEY ZELKO

DUNMORE (AP) — Three people died in an early morning fire in northeastern Pennsylvania, authorities said Saturday.

The Lackawanna County coroner’s office said a man and two women were killed in the apartment fire in Dunmore. The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

The coroner’s office said the fire broke out just before 2 a.m. The building where the fire broke out houses a ground-floor beauty supply store and five apartments above it. A police officer was taken to a hospital after breathing in too much smoke, authorities said.

State Fire Marshal Trooper John Chervanka told the Times-Tribune of Scranton that the fire began on the second floor of the building. A Dunmore police officer who was passing by noticed smoke coming from the building and alerted residents. Eight of them escaped the building without injury, Chervanka said.

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