Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Man found dead after fire

Blaze guts Springfield Twp. home; damage estimated at $100,000

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 73-year-old man was found dead Monday night inside a burned-out house.

        The man's identity was not released pending notification of relatives, Springfield Township Fire Chief Robert Leininger said.

        Firefighters from Springfield Township and Mount Healthy were called to 1441 Meredith shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.

        Firefighters found flames shooting from a large front window of the one-story brick ranch house. The blaze was brought under control about 15 minutes later, officials said.

        The man's body was found in the living room, Chief Leininger said. A cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy will be performed.

        Fire personnel were unable to attempt a rescue because the flames were too intense, the chief said, adding that the man may have lived in the home with a relative. He was the only occupant at the time of the blaze, however.

        The house was gutted and officials estimate damage at $100,000.


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