Smoking material caused fire that killed expectant mom, boys in Berks Co.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Pregnant woman, 2 children dead after Berks Co. fire
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HAMBURG, Pa. (WPVI) -- Investigators say discarded smoking material caused a fire that killed a pregnant woman and her two young sons in Pennsylvania.

State police in Berks County ruled the Sept. 2 fire accidental. Police said Thursday there was no evidence of any criminal intent.

The fire originated on a first-floor rear porch at a home in Hamburg, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of the capital city, Harrisburg.

The victims were 27-year-old Jennifer Wilder and her two sons, ages 5 and 2. Officials say Wilder was about six months pregnant.

A man was able to escape by jumping from a bedroom window.


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