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Fatal NW Pa. fire blamed on extension cord

January 06. 2014 7:43AM
The Associated Press

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ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Fire investigators in northwest Pennsylvania say they believe an overloaded extension cord sparked a fire that killed a man over the weekend.

Firefighters in Erie County were called at about 7 a.m. Sunday to an Erie home that had been divided into several apartments.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Balliett said several residents made it out safely, but a man was found unresponsive in a second-floor bedroom.

Coroner Lyell Cook told the Erie Times-News that 59-year-old Thomas Argeny appeared to have been killed by asphyxiation due to the fire, but he was still awaiting test results.

Guy Santone, Erie’s fire inspector, said the fire started at an extension cord plugged into another cord with other things plugged into it.

One firefighter was also injured in a fall in the slick conditions.

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