St. Marys Fire Ruled Accidental

ST. MARYS – A fire has been ruled accidental in nature after ripping through a residence Sunday night at 572 S. St. Marys St., in St. Marys, reported the state police at Ridgway.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, the St. Marys City police and the Crystal Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of the fire. The fire heavily damaged a two-story, wooden-framed residence.

The victim, Michael S. Murgash of St. Marys, was at home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and related to the wood stove and chimney, state police said.

Damage was estimated at $100,000, state police said. One firefighter was treated at Penn Highlands Health Care – Elk Campus – for minor injuries.

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