Two more die; Lancaster fire toll now 6

Posted: July 07, 2013

LANCASTER - Authorities say two more people are dead from a house fire in central Pennsylvania, bringing the death toll to six.

A spokesman for Crozer-Chester Medical Center said Crystal Kuhns died at 7:30 a.m. Friday and her daughter Mickey died Thursday at 6 p.m.

Hospital spokesman Grant Gegwich also said 2-year-old Kordell Kuhns remained in critical condition at the Delaware County hospital.

Fire officials said the blaze started in the kitchen of a three-story Lancaster duplex around 3 a.m. Thursday after potatoes were left in the oven.

Authorities said two men and two other children also died.

One victim, Jimmie Moore, 65, was described by neighbors and relatives as a Vietnam War veteran who let another family move in after it had lost its own housing.

"Rest in peace, Dad," one of Moore's daughters, Cyrena Brock, 34, said, according to the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. "He was a hero to me."

"He was a very friendly man," neighbor Molly Lalla told the newspaper. "He would walk down the alley and say hi and wave. He brought a box of toys to my kids."

Fourteen members of several families lived in the house, which did not have smoke detectors, Fire Chief Timothy Gregg said. Fire crews got the flames under control in about an hour, he said.

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