- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

KERSEY, Pa. (AP) - A state police fire marshal says an improperly installed wood-burning stove caused a central Pennsylvania house fire that killed a woman and her fiancé’s teenage son.

Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio says 44-year-old Rhonda Kline and 15-year-old Adam Cherry died at the scene of the fire in Fox Township early Thursday. That’s about 110 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

State police say seven people were sleeping in the home when the fire was reported about 1 a.m.

Two others whose names have not been released by state police were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and were initially considered to be in critical condition.

Fire Marshal Patrick McMackin says the fire has been ruled accidental. The house didn’t have working smoke detectors.

Grief counselors were at St. Marys Area High School, where Cherry was a student.


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