According to reports from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) in Dunmore, on Sunday, April 22, Robert Hemphill died in a fire that destroyed his home on Freytown Road in Covington Twp.
Police said the fire, which started in the overnight/early morning hours in an isolated area, may have burned for a few hours without notice.
A PPL crew responding to unrelated downed wires at the time called and reported the incident to police.
When firefighters arrived to the scene at approximately 6:30 a.m., they said the home was burned down to the foundation.
The Woodlands Stable & Tack, Inc. was located a safe distance away from the fire. Although the property and its animals were unharmed, a dog died in the blaze, police said.
The PSP Fire Marshal Unit in Dunmore is investigating the fire.
This is the second fatal fire to which the Covington Fire Company has responded to within the last month.
“While trained to protect life and property from fire, volunteers are not equipped to deal with the psychological effects of a fatal fire. This is very hard on firefighters,” said Covington Fire Chief Brad Jones.