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November 19, 2012

Local and State Briefs | 11/20/2012

Coroner IDs victim in mobile home fire

The Indiana County coroner’s office on Monday confirmed the death of a county man as the result of a structure fire Sunday night.

Coroner Michael Baker said 36-year-old Steven Brewer died when flames swept through his mobile home at 215 Lincoln Ave. in White Township.

The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by a state police fire marshal.

The initial call on the fire was received by Indiana County 911 Center shortly after 10 p.m.

When firefighters arrived minutes later, the structure was nearly fully engulfed in flames.

Baker said Brewer’s body was found in the kitchen area. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:13 p.m.

Baker said the man’s dog also perished in the flames.

Brewer’s 16-year-old son was found to be safe with friends when the fire broke out, Baker said.

Blair woman in coma after fire kills son

ALTOONA – Family members said a woman remains in a medically induced coma after she escaped with her 2-year-old daughter from a fire that killed her son.

Relatives of 33-year-old Brandy Etchison, of Altoona, said doctors were trying to clean out her lungs from the Thursday fire that killed 3-year-old Daryl Etchison Jr.

Altoona police said 62-year-old Aaron Wilson Dishong set the fire in an attempt to kill his ex-girlfriend, who sometimes stayed with the Etchisons but wasn’t there at the time.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Dishong, who faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday. The Altoona Mirror reported that Dishong remained in the Blair County Prison without bond Monday.

Police said Brandy Etchison jumped from a third-floor window to save herself and her daughter, Madison.

Flue fire damages Wilmore workshop

WILMORE – Fire caused moderate damage to a two-story workshop in the 800 block of Turkey Path Road in Summerhill Township on Monday afternoon.

The fire originated in the flue serving a wood-burning stove, said Summerhill Township fire Chief George Fedore. The fire gutted the rear wall and caused smoke damage throughout the two-story building, located about 21/4 miles north of Wilmore, he said.

The owner of the structure was identified as Charles Lamer.

Also responding were volunteers from Summerhill, Wilmore, South Fork and Portage.

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