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Pa. man injured during house fire

August 03, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore following a fire at his home Sunday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Kenneth L. Sollenberger, 83, of 83 Kennedy Drive, was listed in serious but stable condition Monday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Trooper Stanford Sydnor, the state police fire marshal, said the fire at Sollenberger's home, reported at 10:08 p.m., appeared to have started in the living room. There was smoke and heat damage to much of the house, and Sydnor estimated the damage at approximately $50,000.

Sollenberger sustained smoke inhalation, Sydnor said.

Franklin Fire Co. Chief Jamie Hammond said Sollenberger was unconscious in the bedroom of the house and was taken out by rescue personnel within about four minutes of the first units arriving.

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As of Monday afternoon, Hammond said the cause of the fire was undetermined. Sollenberger was alone in the house, he said.

Hammond said firefighters from Letterkenny Army Depot, Pleasant Hall and the Vigilant and West End fire companies in Shippensburg, Pa., responded to the fire, as did the Chambersburg Ambulance Squad and Franklin County Air 10 Unit.

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