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One person dies in fire in Luzerne County

The deadly fire started early Friday in a home in Newport Township.

LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — Crews were called to a burning home at 7:30 a.m. Friday on Old Newport Street in Newport Township, outside of Nanticoke.

They were met with smoke shooting out of the upper-story windows.

The Luzerne County coroner's office confirms one person did not make it out of the fire.

John McKenzie of Hunlock Creek told reporters it was his mother who died in the fire, Diane McKenzie and that she was in her mid-70s

John McKenzie said she and his father, who is in his late 70s, lived in the home for 10 years. He says his father told him in the hours leading up to the fire, he noticed a "hot outlet" in the living room, so he unplugged what was using the power source.

Later, he told his son the living room filled with smoke. The father told his son he tried to get the mother out of the house, but she went back to save the family dog while he was being pulled out by firefighters. She and the dog did not make it out.

A state police fire marshal has ruled the fire accidental but says the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about the fire, you are asked to contact State Police in Wyoming at 570-697-2000 or the Newport Township Police Department at 570-735-2001.

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