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