4 found dead in cabin fire in state forest in Pa.

July 22, 2011 - 4:59 PM

PETERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state forestry official says a cabin fire in a central Pennsylvania state forest has killed four people, including a state employee.

The fire broke out early Friday in Rothrock State Forest, just south of State College.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources spokesman Terry Brady tells The Associated Press the cabin was a state-owned building and that one victim who worked for the Bureau of Forestry was staying there. Brady says it's not unusual for forestry workers to rent such buildings.

WJAC-TV reports the fire was so intense that recovering and identifying the bodies, as well as establishing the cause, will be a long process.

The Huntingdon County Coroner's Office and state police are investigating.