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1 fire ruled accidental while another to stay undetermined

The cause of last month’s fire that destroyed the home of George and Carolyn Heath at 2350 Wheatland Ave. has been ruled accidental and electrical in nature, Joseph Hope, Old Lycoming Township fire investigator, said Thursday morning.

“The origin of the fire was in the wires of low-voltage landscaping lighting at the back of the house,” Hope said.

“The lighting was in some mulch under a pine tree. The fire spread from the mulch to a wooden deck to a sunroom,” he added.

The couple was asleep when the fire broke out about 2:15 a.m. Oct. 14, but the two awoke in time and safely got out, Hope said. The estimated damage was about $250,000, he added.

The cause of Sunday morning’s blaze that leveled Jerry and Shelly Crist’s home at 813 Grininger Road in the township will remain undetermined, Hope said. The couple was not home when the blaze broke out about 8:40 a.m. A dog and cat perished in the fire, Hope said.

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