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UPDATE: Third person dies after fire in Lackawanna County

Flames broke out around 5 p.m. Monday along Old School House Road in Covington Township.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Three people are dead after a fire in Lackawanna County.

Crews responded to a house on Old School House Road in Covington Township around 5 p.m. Monday.

According to the Lackawanna County coroner, Ira Nafus, 86, and Carol Nafus, 79, died at the scene. Bryan Nafus, 39, died at the hospital.

All three died from "inhalation of products of combustion," the coroner said.

"It's difficult. I mean, you have pounds of weight plus ice on you. All the hoses are frozen. The ladders are iced over, all of our tools are iced over. It certainly doesn't help anything. The roadways were completely covered by a sheet of ice. Luckily the Department of Public Works was on scene pretty quickly and got it salted down for us to keep us safe as possible," said Covington Fire Chief Brad Jones.

A state police fire marshal said the fire does not appear to be suspicious. The cause cannot be determined because of the extent of the damage.

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