ELDERTON — An Elderton man died early today when he apparently went back inside his burning home in an effort to rescue two dogs.
State police at Kittanning and the Armstrong County coroner’s office identified the fire victim as Terry Verner, 43, of 342 Village Road, Plumcreek Township.
The residential structure fire northeast of Elderton was reported to Armstrong County’s 911 center at 1:52 a.m. today.
Armstrong County Deputy Coroner Brian Myers said Verner was found inside the front door of his residence.
According to police, Verner escaped the fire but went back into the residence to try to save his dogs and was unable to escape a second time because of the intense fire.
Verner was pronounced dead at the scene. Myers said the cause of his death was smoke inhalation, and the manner of death was accidental.
Police said there was a wood burner in the home. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by a state police fire marshal from the Kittanning station.
The Elderton Volunteer Fire Department was assisted at the scene by volunteers from the fire companies in Rural Valley, Plumville and Kittanning Township.