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Coroner: 2 dead, 2 injured in Young Township fire

February 17, 2013

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said two people perished in a mobile home fire late Friday night in Young Township.

The victims have been identified as 9-year-old Michael Jerome Collier, who lived at the home where the fire occurred, and 50-year-old Vickie Milliron of Claridge, who was visiting at the residence.

Baker said two other persons were injured in the fire and transported by emergency helicopter to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Baker had no information on their conditions.

Baker said the initial call to the Indiana County 911 Center was received at about 11:54 p.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived, the structure was reportedly fully engulfed by flames.

Milliron's body was found outside the residence when personnel arrived. Collier's body was found at approximately 3:20 a.m. amid the rubble of the burned-out structure.

Baker said initial toxicology tests indicated that Collier died as the result of smoke inhalation, while Milliron appears to have
died as the result of thermal burns.

No autopsies are planned. Additional toxicology tests are pending.

Baker has ruled both deaths as accidental.

The State Police Fire Marshall is investigating the cause and origin of the blaze.

Firefighters from eight companies responded to the incident.

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