A GREENFIELD, OHIO, MAN IS BEING ARRAIGNED today on two felony counts of child endangerment following a fire in his house Sunday morning that killed his two sons ages 3 and 4. Following the 8 am court appearance, he is being held on $1 million bond. Investigators said they are charging Wesley Coonrod, 42, because of his level of intoxication and his actions when the fire started.
Investigators have not yet determined what started the fire, but neighbors reported that it was well involved before the FD arrived and the house was so filled with smoke that none of the neighbors were able to get inside to search for the boys.
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Coonrod has a prior arrest record including domestic violence, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and numerous criminal damaging and OVI and DUI arrests.
The Red Cross had just moved the family temporarily into the duplex apartment two days earlier following another fire in their previous dwelling last week.