UPDATE: Coroner identifies victim of fatal fire in Boiling Springs Tuesday
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UPDATE: Coroner identifies victim of fatal fire in Boiling Springs Tuesday

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The Cumberland County Coroner's office has identified the victim in Tuesday's fatal fire in Boiling Springs as Larry Winebrenner, 68, of Boiling Springs.

The fire broke out in a South Middleton Township apartment building Tuesday leaving Winebrenner dead and several others without a home.

Fire officials say the three-story building is uninhabitable with two to three apartments burned by flames while the rest only suffered smoke and water damage.

Not long after the blaze, the Boiling Springs community started discussions on Facebook about how to assist the displaced families.

As a result, the Sugar Shack will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday to take items and gift cards for the families involved.

“We’re a central location to where it happened and we’re in the community,” said Jacob Pierce, Sugar Shack owner.

Pierce said the “tight-knit” community has been working to find out what the fire victims need. So far, they have received information about needs for the following:

Person A: Female junior size pants in size 9, medium tops, 9½ shoe. Target, Walmart or Giant gift card.

Person B: Ladies 2X tops, 18/20 size pants, size 9½ shoe. Target, Walmart or Giant gift card.

Person C: Dog food, dog chews or Petco gift card

Person D: Men’s pants with a 38-40 waist, 30 inseam, 2x shirts. Gift cards for Target, Walmart, Karns or Giant.

The Sugar Shack will update the needs list on its Facebook page as information becomes available, and Pierce said another collection date may be set up. 

Reported earlier Wednesday:

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a fatal fire in Boiling Springs that claimed one life.

Citizen Fire Company Chief Tim Yingst said fire crews were dispatched to an apartment building in the 100 block of Third Street in Boiling Springs a little before 5 p.m. Tuesday. When fire crews arrived, they encountered a fire in a second-floor apartment near the rear of the building.

Yingst said they talked to occupants of the building who, before fire crews arrived, knocked on doors to try to get everyone out of the building. Because the neighbors weren't sure they were able to get everyone out and because the fire spread to the third floor, Yingst said they called for a second-alarm on the fire.

Firefighters did manage to contain the fire despite some difficulty with the apartment building older and remodeled years ago with tight hallways and a lot of walls. It wasn't too much of an obstacle, however. "It was pretty evident where the fire was," Yingst said.

According to Yingst, the fire started in the second floor apartment where crews eventually found a deceased resident in the bedroom. At this time, it's unknown where exactly in the apartment the fire started.

The Cumberland County Coroner was called to the scene, and the identity of the resident is pending his report.

Fire crews were on the scene until 9:49 p.m. Tuesday.

ABC27 reported Tuesday that the entire three-story apartment building has been left uninhabitable due to the fire, displacing eight people.


Reported Tuesday by ABC27 News:

BOILING SPRINGS — One person died and several people have been displaced from a fire on the 100 block of Third Street in Boiling Springs, ABC27 News reported.

The fire, which was reported before 5 p.m., originated in the victim’s apartment and has left the entire three-story building uninhabitable, displacing eight, ABC27 reported.

Officials are investigating the cause.


Reported Tuesday:

BOILING SPRINGS — The coroner has been called to a fire in the 100 block of Third Street in South Middleton Township before 5 p.m. according to Cumberland County Dispatch, ABC27 News reported.

There is heavy fire department presence and state police are investigating the cause.

The blaze had burned primarily in the back of the old brick building.

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