Trying to rescue dogs, Armstrong County man dies in fire

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An Armstrong County man died this morning trying to save his dogs from his burning home, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Terry Verner, 43, of Plumcreek, escaped the fire at his residence in Plumcreek then went back inside to rescue his dogs shortly before 2 a.m., state police in the Kittanning barracks said in a press release.

He was unable to get out a second time, state police said. 

According to a press release from the county coroner's office, Mr. Verner was found inside the front door and died of smoke inhalation. The manner of death was accidental.

The fire marshal's office is investigating. Mr. Verner was known to have a wood burner inside the home, state police said.


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