Lawrence County man dies of smoke inhalation in bedroom fire

March 5, 2012 11:24 am

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An 84-year-old man was killed in Lawrence County early today after being overcome by smoke from a fire smoldering in his bedroom.

Conway Brown was pronounced dead at his home, located in the 200 block of Worthington Avenue in Neshannock Township, said Capt. David Congini.

Capt. Congini said Mr. Brown's wife, Alvina, called 911 at around 1:20 a.m. to report that there was a fire and that she and her husband were trapped in the home. Police from New Castle and Neshannock arrived first and attempted to get into the home, but were pushed back by thick smoke.

Firefighters arrived on scene and found Mrs. Brown in the living room semi-conscious. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire in the bedroom, where they also found Mr. Conway. The coroner ruled he died of smoke inhalation, Capt. Congini said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state police fire marshal.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.
First Published 2012-03-05 10:25:14

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