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Coroner: Man dies while rescuing dogs in Pa. fire

December 11, 2013
Associated Press

ELDERTON, Pa. (AP) — A man has died trying to rescue his dogs from a fire at his rural western Pennsylvania home.

State police in Kittanning say 43-year-old Terry Verner, of Plumcreek Township, escaped the fire, but was killed when he went back inside to rescue his dogs. The township is about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Armstrong County Deputy Coroner Brian Myers says investigators learned the man and his cousin made it out of the house safely about 2 a.m. Wednesday before Verner heard a dog or dogs yelping and went back into the house.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but there was no sign that it was of suspicious origin. State police say Verner often used a wood burner in the home.



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