Coroner: One man dead in Monroe Co. house fire


    UPDATE: One person is dead after an early morning fire in Monroe County.

    Now, an investigation is underway and neighbors are reacting to the loss in their community.

    "My daughter woke me up and said, 'hey mom, there's a house on fire. I looked outside and it was fully involved. There was so much; it was a big ball of orange,” neighbor Michele Bucceri said.

    That fire, at the corner of James Road and Johns Road in Chestnuthill Township, took the life of the 53-year-old man who lived there.

    Karl Cabrel's two younger brothers were one of the first on scene.

    "My younger brother was crying a little bit. He said he couldn't believe he could hear the guy screaming,” Cabrel said.

    “He was screaming. And he was going to go in there and try to save him. And my other brother told him it's best to try to not go in, because God forbid. And soon as they said that, the roof caved in on them,” he added.

    The coroner hasn't officially identified the man killed here in this morning's fire.

    However, neighbors describe him as a good person who was well-liked in the community.

    "He only lives two doors down from where I live. He would give out the kids candy for Halloween. And he was a good, nice guy. And it's affecting us as a community here in Sun Valley,” Bucceri said.

    The home is considered a total loss.

    The coroner tells us the victim was badly burned.

    Johnny Lee lives just down the street and decided to pay his respects by making a small 'Rest in Peace" sign.

    As for what compelled him to do it:

    "I have no idea. In fact I did that this morning when somebody told me that somebody passed away here. I just put 'Rest in Peace' I'm going to miss him. It was something awful. He was one of the nicer people in here,” Lee said.

    An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.


    A house fire in Chestnuthill Township has left one man dead Tuesday morning.

    Fire officials say calls came in around 7:30 a.m. reporting the flames at the corner of James Road and Johns Road.

    Some of the calls said there was a vehicle in the driveway of the home and the resident just recently got out of the hospital, according to the Monroe County Fire Wire Facebook page.

    The Monroe County coroner says the victim found was a 53-year-old man.

    Further testing is needed to identify the victim, according to the coroner.

    An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

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