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Cause Determined in Fatal Fire

The Pennsylvania State Fire Marshal is blaming a malfunctioning cooler for a Somerset County bar fire that claimed the life of a Boswell man.

Investigators say they determined the flames started in within the bar area of Walat’s Bar in Jenner Township.

They say 66-year-old Martin Walat, the bar’s co-owner, was found deceased in the dining room area of the establishment.

Authorities say the cause and manner of Walat’s death are still pending autopsy results.

The fire was ruled accidental.

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