MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A 63-year-old Cumberland County man died in a house fire Wednesday morning.
Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall said Lee Reed died of smoke inhalation.
Police said someone working nearby called 911 around 7 a.m. after seeing smoke and hearing an alarm at Reed’s home in the 5200 block of Royal Drive, in Lower Allen Township. Firefighters responded and found Reed and a dog dead on the first floor of the smoke-filled house.
A neighbor who knew Reed well said he was a devout Christian minister at the old Lisburn Church of God and active in the community. He said the whole neighborhood will feel the loss.
“Wonderful minister, devoted to people in the congregation,” he said. “To have something like this happen, you wonder where the justice lies. I don’t understand.”
The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigators said it was an accident.