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Death in Chatham house fire ruled suicide

08/18/2015 03:33PM ● By Richard Gaw

By Richard L. Gaw

Staff Writer

A London Grove man who was found by firefighters responding to a fire in his home on Monday died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to a report from the Chester County Coroner's Office. 

Steven L. Tingley, 50, of Hannum Mill Road, was found unresponsive inside the house. He was pronounced dead at Jennersville Regional Hospital on Monday afternoon. 

The fire broke out at Tingley's residence at the corner of Hannum Mill Road and Route 841 at about 1 p.m. on Aug. 17, just north of Chatham Village and about a mile south of Stillwaters Presbyterian Church. Members of the State Police and the West Grove Fire Company were dispatched to the scene.

At press time, windows in the home have been boarded, and police crime scene tape encircled the property.

The incident is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigation Unit, the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall's Office and the Chester County Fire Marshall's Office. The West Grove Fire Company was assisted on the scene by the Avondale Fire Company, the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Company, the Kennett Fire Company, the Longwood Fire Company, and members of the Chester County Fire Police.

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail

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