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Deadly Johnstown Fires

We’re learning more about one of the recent deadly fires in Johnstown.

Local emergency officials say it has been an especially rough year for fires across the city.

And as Crispin Havener explains they’re sounding the alarm to prevent the next tragedy.

Three fires in Johnstown this year have claimed five lives. The most in Cambria County in 16 years.

On Tuesday Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees identified two children killed in a late September fire in the Moxham section of the city as 8-year-old Zyvre Gaines and
15-year-old Nakiya Success.

Both died of toxic smoke and gas inhalation in what fire crews determined was an accidental electric fire that quickly engulfed the home.

“A very difficult scene for our first responders to work.”

“Unfortunately the crews that responded on the fatal fires have always been the same crew. Definitely not the luck of the draw but that’s something that always stays with you.”

Their deaths were preceded earlier this year by the deaths of two other children killed in a fire in Moxham on Memorial Day Weekend a 5th death happened Sunday when a 73-year-old
woman died in a 5th floor apartment at the Connor Tower in Downtown Johnstown.

Those fires were also ruled accidents…but it’s concerning to Johnstown Fire Chief Bob Statler.

“There’s a lot of these fires we’re getting where they tell us they have smoke detectors we can find smoke detectors but there is no indication that’s what alerted the people. ”

“It’s very imperative that we all take not to get our furnaces serviced and make sure they’re working properly. And have batteries checked in our smoke detectors and our carbon
monoxide detectors. It’s also imperative that every household have a fire escape plan. ”


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