A fire at a Clearfield house that killed a firefighter has been ruled accidental.
Jeff Buck, 18, a senior at Clearfield Area High School and a Lawrence Township firefighter, died after a porch collapsed, trapping him and two other firefighters as they fought the house fire March 3 at 714 Daisy St.
According to state police at Clearfield, the fire started when a mattress that was leaning against a wall fell over onto a propane heater that was in use, igniting the mattress and a box spring on an adjacent wall, according to a police report.
“Due to the enormous fuel load in the room, the fire spread throughout the entire first floor of the structure,” the release said. “There are no suspicious circumstances.”
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An investigation continues into the “chain of events that led to the collapse of the front porch” and Buck’s death, according to police.