Coroner tentatively IDs man killed in North Codorus Twp. fire Sunday night
An elderly man was found dead after a house fire in North Codorus Township on Sunday night.
Southwestern Regional Police Sgt. Jamie Stalcup said an 86-year-old man was found at a home on Krafts Mill Road near Park Road about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28.
The fire was too intense for officers who arrived first on scene, according to police.
Firefighters found the man about an hour and a half after the fire was initially reported, when crews gained control of the fire.
“He was on the floor, it looked like he was headed to the back door," said Marvin Stine, assistant chief of the North Codorus Township Fire Co.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, according to Stalcup.
York County Coroner Pam Gay said in a news release that the victim is believed to be Victor Geiman, who lived at the home. However, she noted that positive identification has not yet been made.
Anyone who knows if Geiman has any living family members is asked to call the coroner's office at 717-840-7617.
Fire: Stine said crews were called to the two-story home in the 1500 block of Krafts Mill Road about 10:30 p.m.
“It was full involved when we got there," Stine said.
He said people had called 911 about a glow from the fire, but only one person who called the fire in was able to identify its location.
The home is in a secluded, wooded area, according to the assistant chief.
The fire was so bad that firefighters couldn't get inside the home and had to fight the fire from the outside.
Crews had to get water from the south branch of the Codorus Creek to fight the blaze, according to Stine, who said about 50 firefighters from about eight fire services came to help battle the blaze.
Crews cleared the scene about 4 a.m. after doing some extensive overhaul, he said.
No one was injured fighting the fire, he said, but one person had to be treated for exhaustion on the scene.
The house is considered a total loss. Stine estimated the damage at $200,000 for the home and $50,000 for its contents.
An autopsy on the man is scheduled for noon Tuesday, July 30, at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
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