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UPDATE: One killed, two injured in Lykens house fire

Updated: Tuesday, March 4 2014, 04:44 AM CST
(UPDATE: March 3, 6 p.m.)

Reported by Jesse Knutson:

LYKENS -- The small community of Lykens was hit by tragedy Sunday night after a fire erupted along the 600 block of Main Street and took the life of a woman in a wheel chair.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick said on Monday that 55-year-old Patricia Scott was killed in the fire.

“It was a combination of smoke inhalation, which was very minimal, but also thermal burns in blast.” Hetrick said, adding that Scott died almost immediately.

Scott used oxygen tanks and was known to smoke in the same room as her tanks, but it’s unclear if that’s what started the fire, but the oxygen tanks did make the situation much worse.

“This is a warning to anybody who has in-house oxygen,” Hetrick said.

“It has the potential to be very dangerous, especially if you’re a smoker, or you have those tanks in the kitchen or something like that. You must be very careful.”

The fire happened just after 10 P.M. Sunday night, damaging 5 homes, 3 of which are a total loss.

Two people were sent to Hershey Medical Center, and were later transferred to Lehigh Valley Burn Center.

On Monday, CBS 21’s Jesse Knutson spoke to one of the families who were displaced from the fire.

“By the time I got across the street to the mini-market, it just exploded.” Chris Schoffstall said.

Schoffstall lived next door to where the fire started, and he said luckily all of his family and pets were able to make it out of the home safely.

“We just sat and watched it and cried and hugged.” Schoffstall said.

Following the fire, all that remained of Schoffstall’s home were the beams and walls holding the building together.

“The upstairs is burnt, gutted, and the downstairs, the water damage is just… I mean, they did what they had to do to put the fire out, and I appreciate every single volunteer firefighter that was out here last night.” Schoffstall said, adding that his family will now have to start from scratch due to lack of insurance. “I don’t see saving anything, I really don’t.”

Liberty Hose #2 of Lykens Fire Chief Terry Sherman lives down the street from where the fire broke out.

“My pager went off,” Sherman began, “Of course, you get the address, and I saw it and I said, ‘Oh, this is right down the street.’”

Sherman said it took the fire company 45 minutes to get the fire under control, but they were not able to get to the fire in time to save Patricia Scott.

On Monday, the owner of two of the units, Les Montford, surveyed the damage of the homes.

“This is tragic.” Montford said. “The property is not as tragic as the loss of life. I mean, the property, you can replace it, but the loss of life is pretty devastating.”

As of Monday afternoon, fire officials had not released an official cause for the fire.

The Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced by the fire.


One person was killed and two others were injured after flames broke out in a Dauphin County home on Sunday night.

Flames broke out in the home on the 600 block of Main Street in Lykens around 10:00 p.m.

Terry Sherman, the Fire Chief of Liberty Hose Company in Lykens, says
upon getting to the scene, he saw flames shooting out of the front of
the building

The Dauphin County Coroner has ruled that the fire was caused by an oxygen tank explosion.

Two people were sent to the hospital, no word on their injuries at this time.

Six residents were displaced.UPDATE: One killed, two injured in Lykens house fire

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