The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 24, 2012

Westmoreland man dies in fire


The Tribune-Democrat

NORTH HUNTINGDON — A 63-year-old man died in a fire early Tuesday at his home in this Westmoreland County municipality, the county coroner’s office said.

Dale W. Shields, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Timothy O’Donnell. Shields, who was confined to a wheelchair, died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, the coroner’s office said. Results of toxicology tests will not be available for several weeks.

Firefighters were dispatched at 3:49 a.m. Township police are investigating.

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