Neighbor Responds to Copley Twp. Fatal Fire
COPLEY TWP., Ohio – A man was killed and three firefighters injured during a Thursday afternoon house fire on Earhart Ave.
“He was a good person. We are going to miss him. I know his wife is going to miss him,” family friend Russell Stott said of the unidentified victim.
Stott said he has worked for the man and his wife for 20 years.
“Loved animals. They got 13 or so alpacas. He was a good man, he was a good husband,” Stott said.
Firefighters said they got a call about 11:30 a.m. Thursday that the home was on fire and a person was trapped inside.
“There was a fatality in the home and this is being considered a fatal fire and it’s treated as a crime scene,” said Chief Michael Benson of the Copley Fire Department.
Three firefighters were also hurt trying to fight this fire. Two were injured when the floor caved and the third was hurt trying to rescue the victims.
The fire chief said the firefighters’ injuries are minor.
“But they were rescued by our personnel. We had two May Day calls. Our personnel rescued them and took them to the hospital,” Benson said.
A sign at the front of the home reads ‘Serene Acres Alpacas.’
The fire department said the fire did not go near the alpaca’s enclosure and they were not hurt.
“Not as far as we can tell. We did call the Humane Society to check on the animals just to make sure they’re okay,” Benson said.
He said the fire was in the front part of the home.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused it.