Pittsfield Man Saves Wife, Son Before Perishing In Fire

PITTSFIELD, Pa. – A Pittsfield man died in a house fire late Sunday evening after helping his wife to safety.

Darwin D. Durlin, 61, of 534 Barton Run Road, was pronounced dead on the scene by Ed Lloyd, assistant Warren County coroner, who ruled the official cause of death as asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

Garland volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the home at about 11:53 p.m. Sunday and found a fully involved structure fire upon arrival.

Durlin’s wife was taken to Warren General Hospital for minor injuries and was released after treatment for smoke inhalation. His son was able to get out of the burning home without injuries, according to Warren-based state police.

“The victim was unable to exit the residence as the fire engulfed the residence,” said police. “The victim assisted his wife from the residence and appeared to have attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal.

“He got his wife out to his son and then for some unknown reason could not make it the rest of the way out,” police said. “He never physically made it out of the home.”

Garland was assisted at the scene by volunteer firefighters from Wrightsville, Youngsville, Starbrick and Tidioute.