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UPDATE: Fire that killed man in Duncannon ruled accidental

Updated: Monday, September 16 2013, 03:11 PM CDT
Posted by Nate Wardle (


The State Police Fire Marshal has ruled that the fire that killed John Seiger Jr. was accidental.

Seiger died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep reading for our report from Perry County on Saturday.

An early morning fire in Duncannon, Perry County, left one man dead Saturday.
The fire happened in a duplex in the first block of Valley Street around 4:20 A.M.
Firefighters responded to the scene within minutes, but were unable to save 52-year-old John Seiger Jr. and his cat.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, and the coroner is expected to conduct an autopsy to find the cause of death.
The smoke woke up the family who lives in the adjoining home, and they thought their own home was on fire. We called (the fire department) because we thought it was ours, Michael Nyhart, who lived next door, said. I seen smoke coming through my room, I was like, I was thinking there was a fire downstairs.
Neighbors described the scene as hectic. There was fire coming out the first story window, Wade Cutler, a neighbor, described.
Nyhart was in front of the house when it happened. They (firefighters) had to kick these windows, the back window out, and they put a ladder up to see if he (Seiger) was in there still.
When Seiger was removed from the building, neighbors say it was too late. A couple EMTs, emergency people, looked at him, and one of the guys looked at him and shook his head, which I guess means he was dead, said Cutler.
Neighbors say Seiger was a nice man, and will be missed in the neighborhood.
The Nyhart family was displaced from their home, and is being assisted by the Red Cross. They will be able to return to their home after it is treated for water damage, and the smoke smell is removed. UPDATE: Fire that killed man in Duncannon ruled accidental

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