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Man dies in Beaver County house fire

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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

A man was killed Wednesday when fire swept through a home in Beaver County, less than a half-mile from the fire hall in Potter.

Township fire Chief Vicki Carlton said the single-story home on West Mowry Road was “an inferno” when she arrived shortly after 8 a.m.

A resident, Gloria Mitko, 76, clad only in pajamas and socks, was making her way out of the home when firefighters arrived, Carlton said.

A cadaver dog was summoned and the body of the man, believed to be Mitko's husband, Michael, 76, was found in the rubble of the basement hours after the fire was extinguished, Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said. Dental records will be used to confirm his identity.

A state police fire marshal will try to determine the cause of the fire that was fueled by oxygen and acetylene tanks and a home heating oil tank, Carlton said.

A fund for the Mitko family is being set up at the Huntingdon Bank in the Beaver Valley Mall, Carlton said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at



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