Coroner IDs victim of deadly Adams Township fire

  • Source: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg
  • Published: 02/21/2024 11:03 AM

VIDEO: During a press conference Thursday morning, Cambria County coroner Jeff Lees identified the victim of Wednesday's fatal house fire in Adams Township. Lees said officials identified the victim, via dental records, as 47-year-old April Baxendale. Investigators say Baxendale died as a result of toxic smoke and gas inhalation, as well as thermal injuries, including burns on 75-percent of her body. Authorities say Baxendale and a relative were reportedly sleeping in a portable tent, in the first-floor living area of their Mount Airy Drive residence, when flames broke out. Officials say an initial investigation indicates that the fire started from a faulty space heater that was set up near the tent. Investigators say the relative reportedly fled out of the residence, while Baxendale went to the second floor of the home to alert two other relatives.


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