Police ID woman, 104, as victim of Lower Paxton house fire

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have identified a Lower Paxton Township woman who died in a fire at her home Thursday night as 104-year-old Eva Davis.

Her death was caused by smoke inhalation, township police said Monday.

Police said her son, 74-year-old Al Davis, tried to save his mother but was overwhelmed by smoke and fire. He was treated at the Lehigh Burn Center in Allentown.

The fire at 3 Care Street was found to be accidental, but the exact cause was not determined.

According to the minutes of an Oct. 20 meeting posted on the township’s website, the board of supervisors congratulated Eva Davis after she turned 104 on Sept. 28.

The proclamation noted that board members had worked many years with Davis while she was a committee person for the township’s Republican party, which she had served since 1968.

The proclamation stated that Davis remained an active member of the Lower Paxton Township Friendship Senior where she played bridge on a weekly basis, and added she “is fully functional, reads scripture daily, takes no medications, and has not been to a medical doctor in more than a quarter century.”

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