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Third boy dies after Luzerne house fire

Fire being investigated as arson

LAFLIN, Pa. - A fire in Luzerne County that officials say was intentionally set has claimed the life of a third boy, police said.

The fire broke out at a home in Oakwood Drive in Laflin Wednesday evening.

Erik Dupree, 16, and Devon Major, 12, were pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner said they died of smoke inhalation.

State police said Ezekiel Major, 8, was also found in the home and taken to the hospital for treatment. Police said he died from his injuries Saturday.

Police said they've identified a person of interest in connection to the fire. That person is already in custody in Luzerne County jail on unrelated charges.

The state police Major Case team, fire marshal and the district attorney's office are investigating the fire.

Authorities said they believe there are no public safety concerns.


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