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Briefs: North Huntingdon fires investigated

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:29 a.m.

The state police fire marshal is investigating two fires Sunday in North Huntingdon Township.

One blaze destroyed the Margie Bauer residence at 3380 Baker School Road, according to township police Chief Charles Henaghan. No one was home when the fire was reported at 11:14 a.m., police said.

The other fire also extensively damaged a home at 281 Charles Drive, owned by Wayne and Jacqueline Willis at 4:57 p.m. Henaghan said firefighters were able to contain that blaze to the garage.

No one was injured in either fire, police said.

"The damage was so extensive in the first fire that the initial cause is listed as undetermined. Authorities are waiting for further information from the owners of the second home before ruling on its cause," Henaghan said.

In addition to the state police fire marshal, the township fire marshal is also investigating the cause of the fires.

Latrobe woman critically injured in crash

A Latrobe woman was critically injured Sunday when she was ejected from her vehicle as it overturned several times in Unity Township.

Dawn L. Verchuck remained in critical condition Monday night at UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred about 10 p.m. Sunday on State Route 1026 near Saxman Road. State police at Greensburg said Verchuck was driving eastbound at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her vehicle while rounding a curve, causing the vehicle to overturn seven or eight times. Police said Verchuck was ejected and landed about 40 feet from the vehicle.

Connellsville man hospitalized

A Fayette County man injured Sunday in a two-vehicle accident on Route 119 in Bullskin Township was reported in fair condition in a Pittsburgh hospital.

Justin Johnson, no age available, of Connellsville, was airlifted to UPMC Presbyterian after the accident at 2:10 p.m. at the intersection of routes 119 and 982, according to state police in Uniontown.

Police said Johnson was driving south on Route 982 when he entered the intersection at Route 119 and his car was struck broadside by a vehicle driven by Arnold Brinker of Connellsville.

Brinker and one passenger in his car, plus three passengers in Johnson's vehicle, were treated and released from Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Firefighters from Bullskin Township assisted at the scene.

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