Male Victim’s Body Found in NorCo House Fire

NORTH COVENTRY PA – An autopsy is expected to be conducted Thursday (today, Feb. 27, 2020) by the Chester County Coroner’s Office on the body of a deceased male victim who was found by first responders following a “fully engulfed” house fire at 479 Kline Ave., the North Coventry Police Department reported on its CrimeWatch website.

Identification of the man, whom according to one media report said was in his 60s, and the cause of his death have yet to be determined pending autopsy results.

The department’s report said its officers, and several other fire companies and ambulances, responded Wednesday (Feb. 26) at 9:15 a.m. to emergency dispatchers’ calls regarding smoke “coming from the roof of the residence.” Crews arrived quickly, it indicated, but by that time “the residence was fully engulfed in heavy smoke and fire,” the report added.

The victim was found inside after firefighters were able to make entry into the building.

A joint fire investigation was begun by the department’s detective unit, the township and county fire marshal’s offices, the coroner, and the state police fire marshals unit. Investigators reportedly told at least one media outlet the cause of the fire did not appear to be suspicious.

In addition to the North Coventry Fire Department, responders included Goodwill Ambulance, the Pottstown and Limerick fire departments, and the Ridge, Twin Valley, and Sanatoga fire companies.

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