DA: Man faces homicide, arson charges in Clearfield County fire

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UPDATE: Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder said an autopsy was performed Sunday and that Matthew Troxell, 33, died of smoke inhalation.

His death is ruled a homicide. Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers said Saturday the charges filed against Jonathan Gallaher, 36, will be amended to reflect that ruling.

The original stories can be found below:

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) –State police have taken a man into custody for his involvement in a house fire in Clearfield County that killed one person, according to Clearfield County District Attorney Ryan Sayers.

Troopers have taken Jonathan Gallaher into custody and he faces two counts of attempted homicide charges. Two other people were inside when the fire started but escaped. Gallagher also faces multiple arson-related charges.

Troopers say the fire began just after 9 p.m. on the 600 block of Main Street in Coalport Borough, and was ruled an arson by the State Police Fire Marshall.

Sayers added that an autopsy is pending for the victim, identified as 33-year-old Matthew Troxell of Patton by Clearfield County Coroner Kim Shaffer Snyder.

Once the results of that are known, the criminal charges against Gallagher will be amended accordingly.

Below is the first story:

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — One person was killed Friday night in a house fire in Clearfield County. The victim was reported to be a man in his late 20s to early 30s. The blaze broke out in a two-story house on Main Street in Coalport Borough.

Glendale, Irvona, and Madera fire companies fought the fire. There’s no word on the cause of the fire.

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