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UPDATE: 79-year man killed in Adams Co. fire


FRIENDSHIP (WAOW) – The early morning fire that destroyed a rural Adams County mobile home killed a 79-year-old man, the sheriff's department said Wednesday.

A second victim has yet to be identified.

Ronald G. Peak died in the blaze reported about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the Town of Easton and his 77-year-old wife, Joann Peak, was injured and remained hospitalized in Madison, Sheriff Sam Wollin said.

We are still awaiting positive identification of the second fatality by DNA comparison,” Wollin said in a statement.

The unidentified victim was found in a camper, which is where the fire started before spreading to the mobile home, the sheriff said.

There is nothing to suggest that the fire was anything other than accidental at this time, but the investigation is ongoing,” Wollin said.

FRIENDSHIP (WAOW) – What triggered the early morning fire that killed two people and destroyed a mobile home and camper in rural Adams County remained a mystery Tuesday, authorities said.

We don't have a cause,” said Lt. Seth Tully of the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

Autopsies were being performed on the two victims to determine the cause of death, he said.

Both victims were adults but no other information was being released, he said.

The fire in the Town of Easton about 11 miles south of Friendship erupted about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

A woman at the home escaped and suffered some injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Tully said.

One of the victims died in the mobile home and one in the camper, Tully said. “I am not sure if it was a visitor or a living arrangement.”

ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) - Two people died and one was injured in an early morning house fire in rural Adams County, the sheriff said Monday.

The mobile home in the Town of Easton was engulfed in flames when deputies arrived at about 1:30 a.m., Sheriff Sam Wollin. A camper on the property also was destroyed, he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, the sheriff said in a statement.

“The investigation revealed that two residents of the property were not able to escape the fire and were pronounced dead at the scene," Wollin said.

The injured person, a woman, was transported to Moundview Memorial Hospital in Friendship and was later taken to another hospital, the sheriff said. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, Wollin said.

No other details were immediately released.

The names of the victims are not being released pending notification of families, the sheriff said.

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