Man dies in Pennsylvania fire

March 18, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A 33-year-old Shippensburg man was killed early Tuesday morning in a fire that investigators believe started when smoking materials ignited a chair in the living room.

Jesse J. Stine II was found in the bathroom of the one-story wood frame home on 324 Airport Road after firefighters extinguished the blaze, Vigilant Hose Company Chief Danny Byers said.

Stine died from smoke inhalation, according to Cumberland County Coroner Michael Norris.

Though the cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation, Deputy Fire Marshall Nolan Brewbaker said he speculates smoking materials started the fire.


There were no smoke detectors in the home, he said.

"It's highly probable an early alert from a smoke detector could have saved his life," Brewbaker said in a written release.

There were no other injuries.

Stine, a U.S. Navy veteran, graduated from Pottsville (Pa.) High School in 1982. Stine is survived by one son, Jesse J. Stine III, according to an obituary from Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor who called 911 at 1:19 a.m., Byers said.

Fire was showing out the front door of the house when firefighters arrived at the scene, he said. The fire was extinguished in a few minutes, Byers said.

There was "extensive" fire damage in a bedroom and the living room and a lot of heat and smoke damage throughout the house, Byers said.

Byers did not have a cost estimate of damage.

Firefighters from Vigilant Hose Company, Cumberland Valley Hose Company and West End Fire and Rescue in Shippensburg, and South Newton Township Fire Company in Walnut Bottom, Pa. responded to the scene.

The fire companies were back in service at 4:30 a.m.

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