Coroner ID's woman killed in W. Manchester Twp. fire

A 73-year-old woman died after emergency responders were unable to save her from a fire in West Manchester Township on Wednesday afternoon.

York County Coroner Pam Gay identified the victim in a news release as Linda L. Aponte.

Aponte lived in a home in the 2200 block of West Philadelphia Street that was heavily damaged in a fire Wednesday, May 1.

Crews responded to the home about 12:30 p.m. for a report of a fire with entrapment, and the coroner's office was called in about 15 minutes later.

West Manchester Township Fire Chief Clif Laughman said firefighters attempted to save her but were unable to because of  the size of the fire in the home.

The coroner has been called to the scene of a house fire in the 2200 block of W. Philadelphia Street in West Manchester Township, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Two other people who were in the home during the fire tried to save her, but were also unable to, according to the chief. 

Laughman said the home is a total loss. He had not yet determined the exact cost of the home, but he estimated it at about $180,000.

In Gay's news release, she said Aponte was found unconscious, and crews were not able to revive her. 

She was disabled and on oxygen, according to the release.

On the morning of Thursday, May 2, Laughman said he was hoping to speak to the family on Friday, May 3, to determine what caused the fire.

He said he expects to release a cause within the next few days. 

 An autopsy will not be done, but routine toxicology is pending, Gay said. 

The cause and manner of Aponte's death are pending investigation.

West Manchester Township Police are investigating.

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