Coroner: 1 dead, 1 missing after house fire, blast

January 21, 2019

WALNUTPORT, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say one person has died and another is missing after an early morning house fire and explosion in eastern Pennsylvania.

Northampton County coroner Zack Lysek told WFMZ-TV that remains of one person were recovered from the Lehigh Township home, where the blaze was reported just before 1 a.m. Monday.

Chief Scott Fogel of the township police department said earlier a 36-year-old man and his 10-year-old son were unaccounted for.

Fire crews battled both flames and frigid temperatures, and Lysek said the cold was hampering the search for a second possible victim.

The cause of the fire and reported blast that destroyed the 2½ story home remains under investigation. A nearby barn was undamaged.

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