January 19, 2013
WILKES-BARRE – A woman who died in November from injuries she sustained in a fire at her Fairview Township house was responsible for the blaze, and her death was ruled a suicide, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said Friday.
An investigation into the blaze determined Tracey Zero, 44, intentionally set the blaze on Nov. 6, 2012, Salavantis said.
Tracey Zero and her husband, Christian Zero, were severely burned in the fire that damaged their house at 319 Pine Lane.
Tracey Zero and her husband were flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital's burn center, where she died soon after she arrived. Christian Zero survived his injuries.
Tracey Zero and her husband were found outside their house when firefighters arrived just after 7:30 a.m. that Tuesday, Salavantis said.
An investigation by the state police deputy fire marshal revealed the blaze was set by a liquid inside the residence.
Statements obtained from Tracey Zero and her husband, along with evidence, confirmed the fire was intentionally set by Tracey Zero, Salavantis said.
An autopsy was conducted by the Lehigh County Coroner's Office. Coroner Scott Grimm reported his findings to Luzerne County Det. Lt. Gary Sworen on Monday, ruling the cause of death was thermal injuries and the manner of death was suicide.