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Man dies in house fire

by HEATHER ROTH on May 29, 2013 10:59 AM

ARMSTRONG TOWNSHIP — A 59-year-old man was killed in a house fire early this morning on Buckley Road near Five Points.

Indiana County Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman said Terry Pease, 59, of 1 Buckley Road, was declared dead when he arrived at the scene at 7:11 a.m. The cause of death is pending an autopsy at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Overman said the house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived shortly before 5 a.m., and that there were no signs of life inside the home.

Creekside Fire Chief Peter Yacovone said this morning that Pease was the only occupant of the home. The chief also said that he did not know where the fire began and that the cause is still being investigated. A state fire marshal was on the scene at press time today.

No firefighters were injured, Yacovone said.

Firefighters from Creekside, Indiana and Elderton, along with the Rapid Intervention Team and Citizens’ Ambulance Service, were dispatched at 4:45 a.m. Plumville was dispatched at 5:03 a.m. for a tanker assist. Marion Center was first put on standby, then dispatched to assist with manpower at 5:23 a.m. Clymer was put on standby at 6:44 a.m. for both Marion Center and Creekside.

Firefighters were still at the scene as of press time, as were state police.

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