York County Coroner's Office releases names of couple killed in fire
A husband and wife were killed in a fire in York City shortly after noon Sunday, according to officials.
Firefighters found Anthony and Connie Zorbaugh, 66 and 63 respectively, in the kitchen of their home in the 700 block of Tioga Street, after responding to reports of a structure fire, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
After fire crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the front door and window of the home, neighbors told them that the Zorbaughs' car was in the driveway, and the couple might still be inside, according to York City Fire Chief David Michaels. He said firefighters entered the building in search of the pair, and, after finding them, brought them outside and attempted to resuscitate them.
But it was to no avail.
Michaels said it's unclear exactly what caused the fire, but it started toward the front of the house and there's nothing about it that seems suspicious. The house was not completely destroyed, but it sustained heavy damage, he said.
The cause and manner of death for the Zorbaughs are yet to be determined, according to the coroner's office. Their family has been notified.
'Overcome': Around 12:40 p.m., firefighters were still trying to get to hotspots: Smoke continued to pour from the upper level of the house.
Brian Gable, who lives two houses down from the blaze, said Anthony Zorbaugh had been in poor health.
"He was in bad shape; he didn't come out too much," Gable said.
Michaels confirmed as much; he said Zorbaugh had "significant health issues" and had trouble moving around, and it appeared the Connie had been trying to help him get out.
"Unfortunately, they were overcome by smoke," the chief said.
York City Police and the fire marshal continue to investigate, according to the coroner's office.
Michaels said it's the first fatal fire in the city in several years. Such fires are far less common than they used to be, a fact the chief attributes in large part to the proliferation of smoke detectors. He said firefighters did not find any evidence of smoke detectors in the Tioga Street home.
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