Woman Dies from Injuries Suffered in Salem Twp. Fire

| April 30, 2019

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A local woman injured in a fire in Salem Township late last week passed away on Sunday.

According to Clarion County Coroner Randall Stom, 77-year-old Ella H. “Martha” Eiseman, of Knox, passed away Sunday evening, April 28, 2019, at the Clarion Hospital from injuries she sustained in an accidental fire that occurred on Thursday, April 25.

Knox Volunteer Fire Company and Knox Area Ambulance Service were called to the scene of the fire, on McCleary Road, around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.

A representative of Knox Area Ambulance Service reported they were called for a report of a structure fire with a person on fire inside the building. Upon arrival, they found the fire had been extinguished and one patient, later identified as Eiseman, in need of immediate medical attention.

She was flown by STAT MedEvac to a regional burn unit but was later transferred back to Clarion Hospital at her family’s request.

The fire, which was determined to be accidental in nature, involved an oxygen tank Eiseman was utilizing.

According to Stom, the cause of death was burns suffered in the fire.

Martha was a homemaker and worked at multiple Knox area businesses, including Uni-Mart, Knox Bakery, and the Carriage Inn.

Survivors include four children: Brenda Davis and Boots of Tionesta; Richard Wolfe and Kim of Richland Township; Julie Ditty and Mike Brown of Knox and Paula Eiseman and Robert Fitzpatrick also of Knox; step-son, Paul Eiseman, Jr.; step-daughter, Cheri Coffey and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Martha is also survived by two sisters: Edith Kagle and Marie Bell; three brothers: Carl Hurrelbrink, Harmon Hurrelbrink, and John Hurrelbrink and a son-in-law, Leroy Ditty.

Family and friends will be received from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1051 Twin Church Road, Knox. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in the church with Reverend Karen Parsh, pastor of the church, officiating.

Interment will follow in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Fryburg.


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