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Man dies in overnight Butler house fire

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:54 a.m.

A Butler man died when he ran back into his burning home early Saturday, apparently to rescue family pets, the city's fire chief said.

Firefighters found the body of Paul Jarvis Jr., 22, in a second-story bedroom of the house in the 300 block of First Street, Chief George Ban said.

Ban said the fire was reported at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, and firefighters began arriving within 90 seconds. Firefighters made their way about 5 to 10 feet inside the home but were driven back by heavy fire and heat, Ban said.

Bystanders told authorities that Jarvis was seen outside the house before firefighters arrived, Ban said, but apparently he went back inside to rescue several pets.

Ban said firefighters got the fire under control within 30 minutes. The house was destroyed.

Jarvis lived with his father, Paul Jarvis Sr., who was at work at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the father, Ban added.

Butler County Deputy Coroner Larry Barr said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.

Ban set the damages at $125,000 for the house and $50,000 for the contents. He said a state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the kitchen in the rear of the home.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or




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