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Coroner: ID of Carlisle fire victim likely to come Friday

  • By Travis Kellar, Andrew Carr The Sentinel
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CARLISLE — An identification has yet to be made in the fatal car fire that took place late Wednesday night in Carlisle, but officials said they’re hopeful they’ll be able to release an identity some time Friday.

Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall confirmed that one person was killed during a vehicle fire in a lot off Spring Garden Street near East North Street. He said an autopsy will be performed this morning.

“Hopefully, we will be able to release the identity of this individual by the afternoon,” he said.

No further information regarding the incident was released.

The body was found after a fire engulfed a vehicle at the location, which was originally reported as a transformer fire at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

John Bruetsch, public information officer for Cumberland County, said the fire was later identified as a vehicle fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within about 10 minutes of arriving at the scene. While extinguishing the flames, the body was found in the vehicle, said Union Fire Company Chief Brian Hamilton.

The body was badly burned in the fire, and officials early Thursday morning could not determine the sex of the victim. However, Carlisle Borough Police Chief Stephen Margeson said Thursday police have reason to believe the person inside the vehicle was a man.

“We suspect that it is a male, but I don’t know that — that is based upon identifying the body at this point,” he said. “The body was badly burned, so it was not identifiable in that respect, but through other information we were able to obtain, we believe that it was a male.”

Margeson said the investigation into the incident continues. A reason behind the fire, whether it was homicide, suicide or accidental, has yet to be determined.

Residents of nearby homes reported hearing a “boom,” and then seeing the vehicle “explode” into flames. Some said the flames reached as high as 30 feet into the air.

State Police fire marshals, members of borough police, representatives of the Cumberland County Coroner’s Office, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Cumberland County Forensics Team were all at the scene Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Trooper Mike Bruce, the fire marshal who handled the investigation, was unavailable for comment as of Thursday, and all inquiries were referred to the coroner’s office.

While the fire drew a crowd of onlookers, both streets remained open to traffic on Wednesday night and the incident was cleared as of 6 a.m. Thursday.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink.com:

Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall said today an autopsy will be completed on the car fire victim Friday morning, and an identification may be available by Friday afternoon.

Hall did confirm there was only one victim in the car fire.

Though the victim's identity has yet to be released, Carlisle Police Chief Stephen Margeson previously said the victim is believed to be male.

For more on this story, check back to Cumberlink.com and read The Sentinel's print edition on Friday.


Posted at 10 a.m. on Cumberlink:

CARLISLE — An identification has yet to be made in the fatal car fire that took place Wednesday in the borough, but police officials said they should be able to release an identity some time today.

“The investigation is still under way but I am optimistic here before the end of the day we will certainly be able to release an identification and if we have any developments in the investigation,” Carlisle Borough Police Chief Stephen Margeson said this morning.

The body was badly burned in the fire and the gender was unable to be determined at the scene Wednesday night. Margeson said police believe the person inside the vehicle was a man.

“We suspect that is it a male, but I don’t know that that is based upon identifying the body at this point,” he said. “The body was badly burned, so it was not identifiable in that respect, but through other information we were able to obtain we believe that it was a male.”

Margeson said the investigation into the incident continues today. A reason behind the fire, whether this was a homicide, suicide or accidental, has yet to be determined.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

CARLISLE — Investigators said this morning they’re trying to figure out if a car fire with a body inside was a homicide, suicide or something else.

The horrific scene in a lot at Spring Garden and North streets originally was reported as a transformer fire about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said they don’t have any indication of who was inside the car. The body was so badly burned that the gender couldn’t be determined, either.

As of 2 a.m. today, the cause of the fire hadn’t been determined and police continued to investigate.

Residents of nearby homes reported hearing a “boom,” and then seeing the vehicle “explode” into flames. Some said the flames reached as high as 30 feet into the air.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within about 10 minutes of arriving at the scene.

It was then that firefighters discovered a body inside the vehicle, according to John Bruetsch, Cumberland County’s public information officer, who was among officials at the scene well into the early-morning hours.

Also at the scene were a state police fire marshal, members of borough police, and representatives of the Cumberland County Coroner’s Office, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Cumberland County Forensics Team.

While the fire drew a crowd of onlookers, both streets remained open to traffic.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink.com:

Union Fire Company Chief Brian Hamilton has confirmed there is a body inside a vehicle on fire in a lot at the corner of Spring Garden and North streets.

Residents of nearby homes reported hearing a "boom," and then seeing the vehicle "explode" into flames. Some reported seeing flames as high as 30 feet.

The fire was first reported around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

John Bruetsch, public information officer for Cumberland County, said the fire was initially reported as a transformer fire but then was identified as a vehicle fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within about 10 minutes of arriving at the scene. While extinguishing the flames, a body was found in the vehicle.

Officials do not have an identifcation of the body at this point, nor can they yet determine if it is a male or female.

There is no cause of the fire yet, police are not yet clear if the fire may be a suicide or possibly a homicide.

Spring Garden and North streets remain open to traffic.

The Cumberland County Coroner's office, Cumberland County District Attorney's office, Carlisle Police, State Police fire marshal and the Cumberland County Forensics Team are also at the scene.

Sentinel reporter Travis Kellar is at the scene. Check back to Cumberlink.com for more details.

 

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