2 dead in Mercer County fire

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When firefighters arrived at the scene of a home in the 400 block of McConnell Street in Grove City just after 3 a.m. Monday, flames were shooting through the roof.

A neighbor, Doris Gaston, said she saw fire coming out all the windows. It took fire crews several hours to get the fire under control, and the house is a total loss.

Initial reports indicated the house was vacant and no one was inside at the time of the blaze. But Grove City Police Chief Dean Osborne said firefighters found the bodies of a man and woman once the fire was extinguished.

Officials have not released the names or ages of the victims pending an autopsy and notification of family. They are believed to be in their 20s.

Residents of McConnell Street said they know just about everyone who lives there, but the two people killed in Monday’s blaze had just recently moved in.

Neighbor Bridget Rossi said she was shocked about the fire, and was saddened to hear about the deaths.

Another neighbor, Alex DeGroff, said he may have gone to school with one of the victims.

“If it’s who I believe it is, I went to school with him. He is a year ahead of me. A good kid. Other neighbors said he offered to mow their lawn,” DeGroff said.

The state  fire marshal has not yet released a cause.

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