PEPPER PIKE, Ohio - A Pepper Pike couple died after their home caught fire early Saturday morning.
The Pepper Pike Fire Department says that when they arrived at the home of Kermit and Ann Greeneisen on Summit Lane at 3:43 a.m., the building was fully engulfed in the flames. Police tell Fox 8 that they were the only people inside the home.
Kermit, 82, and his wife Ann, 80, were longtime residents of Pepper Pike.
Pepper Pike Police Chief Joe Mariola said the couple had two children, who live out of town. A grandson described them as “inseparable” and “amazing.”
“A lot of community members reached out to me today to express their condolences to the family, to let me know how long they've been in the city, how much they meant to everybody,” Mariola said. “It's a loss to the community.”
“You look across the street and think of what just happened: two beautiful people are no longer here,” said neighbor Deborah Dorsey. “They loved to work in the yard, they were always out doing the lawn and weeding. I know he was a docent at the Cleveland Museum of Art.”
A number of other fire departments, including Beachwood, Lyndhurst, Orange Village, Mayfield Village and Mayfield Heights, were called out to help battle the fire.
Investigators from the Ohio Fire Marshall's Office and the Hillcrest Regional Fire Investigation Unit were also on hand to help.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Ohio Fire Marshall's Office. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is also assisting in the investigation.
City officials said this was the first deadly fire in Pepper Pike since 1973.