Coroner: No foul play suspected in car fire death

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The death of a Carlisle man found in a burned car Wednesday night was the result of the fire, and no foul play is suspected in the case, according to the Cumberland County coroner.

Coroner Charley Hall on Friday identified the victim as 53-year-old Nathan Musser.

Halls said an autopsy conducted in the morning at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown revealed that Musser died from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries.

Firefighters found the body in a gated area between two businesses in the 100 block of N. Spring Garden Street.

Firefighters had responded to what was initially reported as a transformer fire shortly after 11:15 p.m. After about 10 minutes, flames that reached up to 30 feet were extinguished and the body was discovered inside the car.

Authorities continue to investigate how the fire started. Neighbors reported hearing several loud explosions, and one man who went outside to investigate said it appeared as though the hood of the car had been blown off.

 

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