Monday, February 26, 2001

Fire that killed teen probed

17-year-old was high school senior

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MADISON TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old senior at Carlisle High School was killed in a fire that destroyed his home here in Butler County early Saturday.

        Dustin Morrow, who lived in the two-bedroom house in Catalina mobile home park with his mother, was pulled from the home by Madison Township firefighters. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        His mother was not at home, but firefighters said his girlfriend — who was not identified — escaped the blaze.

        Firefighters were called to the scene about 5 a.m. Saturday.

        “When we got there we had flames coming out from just about every direction,” said Madison Township Fire Chief Gary Hollon.

        Firefighters from the first engine company tried the front and back doors, but were turned back by the heat. A crew then made it in through a side door.

        Mr. Morrow's body was discovered on the floor by the back door. The specific cause of death had not been determined Sunday.

        The cause of the fire may have been electrical, Chief Hollon said. It appears to have started between a bedroom and an addition connected to the bedroom. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

        A state fire marshal from Middletown continues to investigate, the chief said.


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