Child killed in Towanda fire
A 2-year-old boy died after a fire engulfed his family's Towanda Borough residence late Friday night.
The boy, identified by Bradford County coroner Thomas Carman as John David Yoder III, died in the fire at the North Fourth Street residence. Yoder was located in his bedroom and was unable to be removed from the residence, Carman said.
Yoder's cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation, with further toxicology and carbon monoxide studies to be performed, Carman said.
Yoder's father, mother and a sibling were also home at the time of the fire, which emergency responders were dispatched to at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, said Bill Roof, chief of the Towanda Fire Department.
The family members were able to escape and transported to Towanda Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for injuries of unknown severity.
It took about four hours for firefighters to get the fire, which destroyed the house, under control, Roof said.
State investigators and fire marshals were expected to continue investigating the fire Sunday, Roof said. The cause and origin of the fire were undetermined Saturday, he said.
North Towanda, Wysox and Athens Borough fire departments assisted Towanda firefighters at the scene, and Troy and Monroeton fire departments were on standby, Roof said.
Teams from the American Red Cross of Bradford and Sullivan Counties fed and supplied water to firefighters at the scene and continue to assist the family, according to information from the Red Cross.
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