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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Investigators Determine Cause Of Fatal Fire Was Accidental

Fatal Ridgway Fire Cause Was Accidental
A joint investigation was conducted by the State Police Fire Marshal, Ridgway Borough Police Department and Ridgway Fire Department in conjunction with the Elk County Coroner's Office, Elk County District Attorney, Nationwide Insurance Company and Maltase Fire Investigation of Granville, W. Va. has concluded regarding the fire on June 23 on Center Street in Ridgway that claimed the life of Elizabeth Verbeck, 89.

It was determined that the cause of the fire was accidental in nature. A reading lamp was clipped to the headboard of the bed. The lamp became dislodged from the bed for an unknown reason. Evidence recovered at the scene demonstrates the lamp was on at the time of the fire. The 60-watt incandescent light bulb came in contact with bedding materials and subsequently ignited the fire. 

Verbeck was unable to escape the building and was found deceased at the scene by the Ridgway Fire Department.

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