FIRE IN A LEBANON, OHIO, HOUSE DESTROYED the building early this morning (Monday) and killed three people who were inside. The house had been condemned and was slated for demolition, however the owner of the house, Jerry Crisp said that there were two “friends of mine” who were living in the decrepit dwelling.
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The three bodies were completely burned and the coroner says that he cannot yet tell if they were men or women. The Cincinnati Enquirer adds:
When fire crews arrived on the scene, the fire was fully involved. Flames were shooting out of the back of the house.
Two bodies were found in the front room and a third body was found in another part of the three-family home built in 1900, said Fire Chief Hannigan.
“It is an old wood frame house and the fire had a substantial headway. When we got here they were probably already deceased,” Hannigan said. “There wasn’t anything we could have done to get them out and save them.”
The shingles on the roof had been blown off in a windstorm 13 months ago and there was a tarpaulin nailed down over the roof. The Lebanon City Manager said that the house has a history of code violations including no plumbing and faulty electrical wiring. Jerry Crisp, the owner, was formerly the Lebanon fire chief from 1975 until 1985, according to the fire department.
WKRC-TV Ch. 12 has this video report including some fire footage HERE.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has the STORY.