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Police investigating death after Fairview Township fire

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LEWISBERRY, Pa. (WHTM) -

A man found dead in his York County apartment during a fire Wednesday morning may not have died from the smoke or flames, according to investigators.

Authorities said they are investigating the death in Fairview Township as a possible suicide. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday.

The 62-year-old man, who has not been identified, was a tenant in a second-floor apartment above a home at 625 Pleasant View Road.

Police and firefighters were called to the home around 10 a.m. and arrived to find the owner on the roof as he battled the flames with a garden hose.

"He did a darn good job keeping the fire in check, at least until the first engine showed up," Fairview Township Fire Chief Chris Weidenhammer said.

Officials said the owner and two passersby had also dragged the tenant out of the apartment.

"Initially, when he was found, he was in the bedroom upstairs on the bed," Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley said. "When the home owner moved him, he moved him down to the steps, the bottom of the steps."

Police said the fire was primarily contained to the bedroom and caused about $35,000 in damage. The cause is still under investigation.

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