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Names Of Deceased Found In Burning Sheffield Home Emerge

The seal of Sheffield, Massachusetts has a tree surrounded  by the name of the town and the date of its incorporation: June 22nd, 1733

An Albany law firm has confirmed the identity of one of the deceased people found in a burning Berkshire County home Wednesday.

A press release from Hoffman Warnick said that attorney Justine Wilbur died with her family Wednesday in Sheffield, Massachusetts. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington said that five bodies were found after emergency services rushed to an active fire around 8 a.m. Wednesday. Wilbur, who Hoffman Warnick described as a patent expert, co-owned the home at 1343 Home Road with Luke Edward Karpinski, according to state records.

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Harrington said her office and Massachusetts State Police "continue to investigate the fatal fire in Sheffield, and do not believe the public faces a threat." The tweet said Harrington "is working to provide an update on the case later today."

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