Woman dead after apartment fire in Elizabethtown


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) — A woman was found dead after an apartment building fire Monday morning in Elizabethtown.

The Lancaster County Coroner identified the woman as Kelsey Sheilds.

Sheilds’ parents told ABC27 News that she recently celebrated her 26th birthday.

The fire started just before 6:30 a.m. at the building in the 200 block of East High Street. No other residents were injured.

Cortney Shepler also lives in the apartment complex where the fire happened.

“It’s still hard to realize that everything you worked for is probably gone,” Shepler said.

Shepler said she was at work when the fire happened. She told ABC27 she lived in the apartment above Sheilds. Shepler said she and Sheilds were friends.

“She was a great spirit,” Shelper recalled. “She was amazing. She was there if I needed something, and I was there if she needed something. The first time I met her, she came to my house and brought me cupcakes.”

“Thank God I was at work,” Shepler said. “I wasn’t even in it and I’m traumatized. I could have been in it. It could have been me.”

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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