Update: Daughter Of Former Williamsport Police Chief Killed In A Fire

By Andrew Forgotch | aforgotch@pahomepage.com, Nick Hughes | nhughes@pahomepage.com, Eyewitness News

Published 07/13 2014 07:13AM

Updated 07/13 2014 09:06PM

Williamsport, Lycoming County-


A picture taken by Kendra Baez, from Williamsport, shows smoke pouring out of the home at 1045 Hepburn Street in Willamsport.

Maneul Baez lives just two doors down from the house. When he saw what was going he saw two people hanging out of the home screaming for help.

"There was a lady hanging out the window, from the second story window," he said. "There was a couple guys. One hanging out the roof. There were two guys hanging out the bottom saying 'jump I'll catch you'."

The woman was able to make it out of the home, but not without suffering minor injuries.

The man yelling for help was Jason Smith.

He was yelling because his wife, 37-year-old Terra, was trapped inside.

"He just kept saying she's still in there, she's still in there," Baez said.

Firefighters were eventually able Jason to safety, but not before he was burned.

Tyler Fowlar, who also lives near the home, tried to help with the rescue by bringing a ladder over.

"(The) first thing that popped in my head is I have a ladder," he said. "I ran home, grabbed it and ran back threw it up. By the time I got there somebody was there trying to help the guy come out."

Terra never made it out.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Terra and Jason owned the home, lived in it, and rented a room to another couple.

Baez said Terra always loved animals. He said she had three dogs that didn't make it out of the fire.

"She was the animal person," he said. "She definitely loved her animals. Everytime you saw her leave she it was with one of the dogs."

Baez added that Terra was an up and coming real estate agent. He said that she was doing so well that the family was in the process of upgrading their home.

He said it's still hard to believe that she's gone.

"I just don't know, he said. "I don't know what to say."

Neighbors believe the fire started in the back of the home, but firefighters wouldn't confirm that for Eyewitness News.

According to published reports Jason was taken to the Lehigh Valley burn unit in Allentown where he is listed in stable condition.

The coroner said that Terra died from smoke inhalation and burns. He said the home didn't have any working smoke detectors.

Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze.

Original Story:

A Williamsport woman is dead after an early morning house explosion in Lycoming County.

The fire broke out just before midnight at 1045 Hepburn Street.

37 Year Old Terra Smith who lived in the home, died in the fire.

According to the Lycoming County Coroner, Smith died from smoke inhalation and burns.

Firefighters say four people were inside the Williamsport home during the explosion.

Two people hurt, one of them was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital to be treated.

Two firefighters also received minor injuries.

They were taken to an area hospital for treatment and were later released.

Officials say there we no smoke detectors seen in the house.
The cause of this explosion in Williamsport is still under investigation.

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