State office probes fatal house fire


A son made it out of the house and was not injured.
CANFIELD -- The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause and origin of a fire Thursday morning that claimed the life of an 83-year-old Canfield Township woman.
The Mahoning County coroner's office identified Mary Bucurel as the victim in the fire at 6492 Gibson Road in Canfield Township. The coroner had not issued a ruling on the cause of death. Shane Cartmill, a spokesman for the fire marshal, said investigators were told there were smoke detectors in the house.
Bucurel's 59-year-old son made it out of the house. The Cardinal Joint Fire District was not releasing his name Thursday. The address is registered to Nicholas Bucurel.
David Bucurel, another of the victim's sons, was at the residence late Thursday morning. He said his brother was not injured beyond some smoke inhalation. He did not go to a hospital.
David Bucurel, who came from his home near Cleveland, said he got the call "during the wee hours" about the fire at his mother's house. The fire district reported the call came in at 3:44 a.m.
Alerted by motorist
A motorist on Gibson Road called it in, said assistant chief Don Hutchison.
He said the motorist thought the fire was in the woods. Spacious, wooded lots separate the houses on that part of Gibson.
About 23 firefighters worked to put out the blaze, which had already engulfed the house and garage by the time they got there, Hutchison said. The home was a total loss.

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