Colver blaze claims man, dog

A man and his dog perished in a single-occupant house fire in Cambria Township on Thursday night.

Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said Timothy K. Powell, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire that broke out about 8 p.m. at 327 Twenty Row Road in Colver, according to a Tribune-Democrat report.

“He was found on the second floor of the residence in a bedroom,” Lees said.

An autopsy performed Friday confirmed Powell died from toxic smoke and gas inhalation.

Lees has ruled the manner of Powell’s death as accidental.

Cambria Township Vol­unt­eer Fire Chief Geoff Pablic said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it has been deemed nonsuspicious.

Pablic said a neighbor saw smoke coming from the house and called 911 at 8 p.m. Pablic is not sure how long the fire burned prior to the neighbor’s making the call.

Firefighters arrived at the house and attempted a search and rescue on the second floor. The heat was so intense that it pushed the crew back down to the first floor, so the fire was attacked through an exterior window, Pablic said.

The victim was found by search crews on the second floor. The man’s dog was also found, Pablic said.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.