One dead in early-morning blaze

A fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an 89-year-old Ridgway woman and destroyed a Center Street home.A preliminary investigation has not yet determined the cause of the fire; however, officials are saying it is not suspected to be arson.Elizabeth H. Verbeck died in the fire, which reportedly broke out shortly after 2 a.m. in Ridgway at 8 Center St. The Ridgway Fire Department was assisted at the scene of the 2-story house fire by members of the Crystal and Fox Township fire departments, Ridgway Ambulance, Elk County District Attorney Bradley Kraus and Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio. Damage to the residence is estimated at $150,000 and the investigation continues.