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Two die in house fire after trying to save cat

Posted at 6:21 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 10:51:25-05

Authorities say two people died after they apparently re-entered a burning home to rescue a cat in south-central Pennsylvania.

A third person was rescued by police and is hospitalized with burns to the face and arms.

The fire broke out around 1:45 Friday morning inside a home on Foundry Road in York County. The victims and the cat were found in the basement. Crews on the scene say the two people that died were visiting a relative, a woman in her 60's. 

The woman who lived in the home tried to go back inside to save her relatives but was unable to get to the basement. 

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The Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company chief stresses that if you escape from a fire, do not go back inside. He says to let the fire crews handle the rest of the situation. 

Their identities have not been released, but it is believed they were in their 60's. Officials are trying to determine what sparked the blaze.

The Associated Press contributed to this report