Authorities in Pennsylvania say a fire that claimed the life of an elderly man may have been started by a blanket being warmed in a microwave.
Montour County officials said 88-year-old Eugene Yohn was found in enclosed side porch of the Danville home after the fire, which was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Fire Chief Don Lutz said firefighters tried to get to Yohn but were blocked by “a wall of fire.”
Coroner Scott Lynn said preliminary findings indicate that a blanket being warmed in the microwave started to smoke and may have been thrown onto the porch, sparking the blaze.
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Lynn said vision and medical issues may have hampered Yohn's ability to get out of the house. His wife was able to get to safety.