HARRISBURG — Friends and family of Julene Jarosky, a 1997 graduate of Shamokin Area, are mourning her tragic death as a result of an apartment fire Sunday.

Jarosky, who turned 40 on Nov. 19, and her fiancé, 35-year-old Ryan Hoffman, were killed in the blaze at Riverview Manor, a six-story apartment building on North Front Street.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick concluded that Jarosky succumbed to smoke inhalation and her death was ruled accidental, the Patriot-News reported.

Investigators determined the fire erupted around 2 a.m. due to an electrical malfunction in an entertainment system. City Fire Chief Brian Enterline said preliminary indications are that at least one of the victims tried to extinguish the blaze, the paper reported.

Loved ones have been posting condolences on Jarosky’s Facebook page since news of the tragedy broke. The Paxinos native was a cheerleader at Shamokin Area and a Susquehanna University, where she majored in business.

Friends described her as a lovely, sweet girl with high ideals and deep family commitment.

“Julene is remembered fondly by her SU cheerleading teammates,” Jennifer Deinlein wrote. “My love and prayers to her family and friends.”

Jarosky was a daughter of Richard and Nancy (Coleman) Jarosky.

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