House fire kills Somerton man


A Monday morn­ing house fire claimed the life of an eld­erly man in the Over­hill sec­tion of Somer­ton.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the 300 block of Bux­mont St. at about 8 a.m. and en­countered smoke in the base­ment of an oc­cu­pied two-story single home, the fire de­part­ment said. Res­cuers found the vic­tim and took him to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale, where he was pro­nounced dead.

The city med­ic­al ex­am­iner’s of­fice iden­ti­fied him as John Fran­cis Thompson, 69. A de­term­in­a­tion of the cause and man­ner of death were pending on Tues­day.

The blaze was de­clared un­der con­trol at 8:27 a.m. No oth­er in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

The cause of the fire re­mains un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion by the city’s fire mar­shal. The fire de­part­ment stated that no smoke de­tect­ors were present in the home. ••End­Frag­ment 

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