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Woman killed, 2 injured in Lykens fire

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LYKENS, Pa. (WHTM) -

A woman died and several other people were injured after an intense row home fire in Lykens.

Patricia Scott, 55, died from smoke inhalation and burns as a result of the fire in the 600 block of Main Street, Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said.

Hetrick said Scott died in room where she smoked and there were oxygen tanks.

Police have not determined whether smoking started the fire at around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, but Hetrick said an autopsy showed Scott died very quickly in a nearly instantaneous fire that had tremendous heat.

Her death has been ruled accidental.

Two others were injured when they jumped out of a second story window in the rear of the home trying to escape the flames.

The two victims were taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and then transferred to the Lehigh Valley Burn Unit in Allentown.

Lykens Fire Chief Terry Sherman lives just a few door down. He described the fire as intense and said the roof of the row home where the fire first broke out came down quickly.

"When I came out the front door from my house, the fire was blowing out the front windows," Sherman said. "There were four oxygen tanks in there that fueled the fire quite a lot."

 

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