PSP: Smoking Caused Fatal Fire in Tioga County

Careless smoking is believed to be the cause of a fire that killed two people in Tioga County early Monday morning.

30-year-old John Wheaton and 19-year-old Kristle Buchanan died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation, according to the coroner’s office. Firefighters found them unresponsive inside the home. They were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, where they were pronounced dead.

A state police fire marshal says the blaze started in the Knoxville home at just after 5 a.m. on or near a living room sofa.

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