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Sullivan County, PA Holloween Party Turns Fatal for two teens when cabin burns!
Teens killed at rural Halloween party
MUNCY VALLEY, Pa. (AP) -- Two teen-agers were killed early Sunday when a fire swept through a cabin in rural Sullivan County,Pennsylvania where they were attending an overnight Halloween party.
Jacqueline Newcomb, 17, of Muncy, and Donald Charles, 18, of Hughesville, were declared dead at the scene.
"It was like an inferno when we
got there,'' Picture Rocks Fire
Chief Allan W. Little told The
Patriot-News in Harrisburg.
He said there was no way to
make a rescue attempt.
Nine young people from the area, ages 17 to 21, were asleep or nearly so when the alarm sounded at about 2 a.m. in the two-story cabin near Muncy Valley, which is about 85
miles north of Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania. Investigators said the blaze began in the living room. Two teen-agers escaped through a second-floor window
while Newcomb and Charles were unable to get out, police said. They died of smoke inhalation and burns, Sullivan County Coroner Wendy Hastings said.
The blaze was declared under control in an hour, but only an exterior frame remained. The bodies, which were burned beyond recognition, were found in the cellar, Little said.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation. Volunteers from Muncy Valley, Eagles Mere , Mildred, Laporte, Dushore, Picture Rocks, Hughesville, and Muncy Responded. The fire was discovered at 2:00am, and units were available at 09:30am. Damage was estimated at $45,000.00
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