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Fatal Fire In Hilltown
Two people were found dead Monday after a fire in Bucks County. The bodies were found in a home on Middle Road between Fretz and Bypass Roads in Hilltown Township, where the fire broke out shortly before 9:00am. Public records show that 83-year-old James Belancourt owned the home for nearly 50 years. He and 74-year-old Katherine Miller died. Firefighters had difficulty getting into the house because it was filled with all sorts of things stacked to the ceilings. Miller’s 53-year-old son, Ed Miller, escaped by pushing an air conditioner out of a second-floor window and climbing down a ladder. The cause is under investigation, but the fire apparently started in a small outdoor patio area and spread into the kitchen. It is not considered suspicious.