Man who retired to take care of wife dies with her in house fire

An employee with The Philadelphia Inquirer who retired two months ago to take care of his ailing wife died with her in a Tuesday night house fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.

Fire officials and police in Middletown Township, Bucks County, are continuing to investigate the blaze, which claimed the lives of Raymond and Caroline Jenkins. They were in their early 60s and owned the house on Elmwood Avenue in Langhorne.

Raymond Jenkins had worked as a tech at the newspaper’s printing plant in Upper Merion for 21 years, overseeing production equipment and trouble shooting problems that arose during the third shift, said Bernie Imle, a supervisor. He said Jenkins retired two months ago to help his wife who was having health problems.

“He was a good individual and it is certainly a loss to us that he retired and a huge loss to his family,” said Imle, who added that the couple have adult children. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.”  

Middletown Fire Marshal Jim McGuire declined to release details of the investigation, including a cause, pending the return of toxicology results from the victims.
The blaze, which originated in the basement of the home, began shortly after 8 p.m.