Fatal Loganton fire under investigation

LOGANTON – A Tuesday house fire that took the life of David Mark, 68, of 1064 E. Winter Road, remains under investigation, according to Trooper Kenneth L. Riggle Jr., state police fire marshal.

Riggle said the fire is being classified as “undetermined” at this time, but there appear to be no unusual or suspicious circumstances accompanying the tragedy.

Volunteers extinguished the blaze and found Mark’s body inside his home when they were able to enter the structure. He was pronounced dead by Clinton County Deputy Coroner Zach Hanna.

The blaze drew a massive response from firefighters and rescue units throughout the region. It was discovered by a passer-by at about 11 a.m., and the primary units were back in quarters by 5:47 p.m.

The responding companies included Sugar Valley, Dunnstown, Nittany Valley, Lamar Township, Goodwill Hose Ambulance, Mill Hall and Porter Township from Clinton County and Miles Township and Millheim from Centre County.

The blaze was spotted by neighbors shortly after 11 a.m. An Amish youngster alerted a neighbor to call 911.

Firefighters toiled for hours to extinguish the smoky blaze, which produced a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

First responders arriving on scene focused almost immediately on checking the structure for any signs of a survivor. Mark was the sole occupant of the residence.

Bystanders said Mark had been spotted at his house picking walnuts earlier in the day with a friend, his truck still was on the property and his keys were in the door of the house.

Fire totally consumed the back summer porch area and the inside of the house.

Onlookers became helpers as Amish women and neighbors ran back to their houses to prepare sandwiches and gather drinks for the firefighters.