EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the deaths of four people in a fire in an eastern Pennsylvania apartment earlier this year have been ruled accidental.
The Lehigh County coroner's office made the ruling Tuesday following what it called "an extensive investigation" into the March 17 fire in Emmaus.
Officials said earlier that 48-year-old Melissa Twining, 16-year-old Montana Twining, 56-year-old Lena Marie Adamo and 65-year-old David Jenkins Jr. all died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.
Police said the fire, which started on the third floor of the residence, didn't appear to be suspicious and there was no evidence of criminal activity.
The building had been a funeral home until the 1960s or 1970s, when it was converted into apartments.