Wyalusing Man Dies in Fire
State police at Towanda identified the victim in Saturday morning’s (March 29) fatal fire in Wyalusing as Boyd R. Wood, 55, of Wyalusing.
Wood’s lifeless body was pulled from his burning residence at about 7 a.m.
The fire scene is located on Route 6 at the Wyalusing Creek Plaza, just east and across the Wyalusing Creek from Wyalusing Borough.
According to state police, Wood’s body was found in a second floor room. The cause of the fire was listed by a state police fire marshal as accidental. Police were assisted at the scene by Bradford County Coroner Thomas M. Carman, who said the cause of death, while it appears accidental, will not be officially determined pending the results of toxicology and carboxyhemoglobin studies. Wood was employed by Cargill in Wyalusing Township and had two grown sons.
Wyalusing Fire Chief Adam Dietz said an Elk Lake firefighter who was passing by the home spotted smoke and called in the alarm at about 6:30 a.m. First on the scene was Wilmot Township firefighter Travis Hepp, who radioed other firefighters of the possibility of entrapment.
Dietz found Wood in a smoke-filled second floor living room and dragged his body downstairs and outside. A firefighter at the scene said Wood was the only person in the home when the fire broke out.
A huge response from area firefighters, including an aerial truck from Wysox, helped battle the fire. Crews and equipment from Wysox, Towanda, Wilmot Township, Laceyville and Meshoppen responded. Meshoppen also brought its aerial truck, but it was not utilized. Memorial and Laceyville EMS also responded.
The home, which is owned by Brett Fulmer, who also owns the adjacent plaza, was gutted but remained standing. The bottom floor of the home is unoccupied.
Route 6 through Wyalusing was closed, with traffic detoured onto Route 187 at Wysox and Route 2010 east of Wyalusing.
Water to battle the fire was drawn from the Wyalusing Creek. Wilmot firefighters ran a five-inch line from the creek to Laceyville’s engine at the fire scene. There were no apparent injuries to firefighters.
State police are asking that anyone who might have additional information about the fire to contact Pennsylvania State Police at 570-265-2186.
A CISM (critical incident stress management) session for firefighters was held Sunday evening at the Wyalusing fire hall.