UPDATE: County Coroner out with details on barn fire death

Rushtown Road barn fire, photo courtesy Deanna Force/Montour County Firewire

Late Sunday, the Northumberland County Coroner’s office released the following statement about Saturday’s tragic fire in Rush Township:

James F. Kelley, Northumberland County Coroner, releases the following information regarding the Saturday night, January 20, fatal fire in Rush Township. The victim has been identified as Roger R. Billig, age 51, of 704 Rush Town Road. James R. Gotlob, Chief Deputy Coroner, pronounced him dead at the scene on Sunday, January 21, at 12:31 a.m. His death is attributed to smoke inhalation due to a structure fire. Assisting was Deputy Coroner Gabriel DeMarco.

RIVERSIDE – A man was killed Saturday after being trapped in a fire in a barn along Rushtown Road near Riverside. According to police, 51-year-old Roger Billig was trying to repair a snowmobile in the barn when gasoline ignited.

Northumberland County Communications tells us over 30 pieces from aparatus four counties responded when the call came in around 7pm. It took almost 2 hours to extinguish the blaze as the barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

This blaze was the second crews had to battle in Rush Township Saturday. There was another fire just 6 miles away a few hours earlier.

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