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Former Venango teacher and coach, Scott Schwarting was killed in a duplex fire Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Shiprock, N.M., where he was currently athletic director for Tsé Bit’a’i Middle School of the Central Consolidated School District in Shiprock.
Fire crews were dispatched at 4:50 a.m. to the housing area provided for CCSD teachers and administrative personnel near Mesa Elementary School.
When crews arrived on the scene, they found an active residential structure fire,  used fire suppression and conducted a search and rescue operation, according to a news release from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
Firefighters discovered that the fire extended to the attic of the duplex, and, during overhaul, found Schwarting’s body, according to the news release.
“He was found in the main living area of the duplex. It appears that the fire originated in the area,” San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tim Nyce said in the news release.
Schwarting, who was 51, started with CCSD in 1992 at Shiprock High School and then worked at Newcomb High School. He has taught at the middle school since 2000.
“He was a pillar for this school,” Tsé Bit’a’i Middle School principal Max Perez said.
Before going to Shiprock, Schwarting was volleyball coach, assistant girls basketball coach and computer instructor at Venango High School in Venango, Neb.