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One man dead following house fire in Adams County

The Adams County Coroner confirmed 100-year-old Samuel Helsley died following the fire in Butler Township.
Credit: Andrew Szala/WPMT
Fatal fire on the 300 block of Arendtsville Road in Adams County.

ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. — A 100-year-old man died in a house fire in Butler Township, Adams County on Thursday, Jan. 20.

The Adams County Coroner confirmed the victim was Samuel Helsley. 

The Biglerville Fire Department was dispatched to the house fire on the 300 block of Arendtsville Road around 1:15 a.m. Emergency officials say Helsley was the only one in the building at the time of the fire. 

Multiple crews assisted at the scene, including the Gettysburg Fire Department, Cashtown Community Fire Department, Bendersville Community Fire Company, Pennsylvania State Police and Adams Regional EMS.

Dispatch confirmed the house was completely destroyed. State Fire Marshalls are currently investigating.

According fire officials, Helsley was a life member of the Biglerville Fire Department. He was recently recognized for his 60 years of service to the department this past Sept., on his 100th birthday.

The coroner said a toxicology report will be conducted to determine the cause of death, and the results will take about three weeks.

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