Man dies after fire in Terre Hill home


Tina Phillips was crying while talking about the loss of her husband, 46-year-old David Phillips.

David Phillips died after a Monday night fire at the couple’s home on Center Avenue in Terre Hill.

“I didn’t even hear him,” Tina told ABC27 News. “He was downstairs and I was upstairs.”

A state police fire marshal said Phillips was using a propane-powered forge when it reportedly malfunctioned.

David’s wife said her husband was making knives in his workshop.

The workshop is also where David made a wooden cane for his aunt, Tracy Bissel.

“David left us a hero,” Bissel said. “He always was my hero. He would do anything for anybody.”

Phillips died at a hospital.

Bissel said his last act was to get his niece out of the garage.

“That’s David,” Bissel said. “That’s who he is. That’s what he knew in his heart that his mother would have expected of him.”

Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said investigators are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

A woman in the home was also taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The American Red Cross is assisting other people who lived there.

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