Saturday, March 10, 2001

Fire kills woman, 69, as crews are blocked; death is third of week

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A 69-year-old woman died when her house caught fire Friday — the third fire-related fatality this week in western Hamilton County.

        Joan Marchetti was found by firefighters in the kitchen of her small single-family home on Townhill Lane.

[photo] Firefighters battle heavy smoke and flames at a house in Green Township. Resident Joan Marchetti, 69, was found dead.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The call came shortly before 1:30 p.m., and fire crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from the house.

        “We had reports that there could be a subject trapped,” Green Township Fire Chief Robert Weitzel said. But crews were unable to quickly enter the house because parts of the floors had collapsed.

        Mrs. Marchetti's body was found about two hours after the fire started.

        Mrs. Marchetti, who lived there with her husband, Mike, was the only one home when the blaze broke out, Green Township Fire Lt. Michael Nie said.

        Officials said the Marchettis have several grown children.

        While firefighters continued to fight the smoky fire, neighbors stood in their yards and quietly watched. Several people hugged Mr. Marchetti before he was taken into a nearby home.

        The fire, which caused an estimated $110,000 damage, remains under investigation and no cause has been determined, fire officials said. Firefighters from Cheviot and Delhi Township assisted Green Township crews.

        Firefighters have had a trying week. On Tuesday, two young brothers died when their Miami Township mobile home burned. On Wednesday, Miami Township firefighter Bill Ellison was severely injured fighting a house fire on Jordan Road in Miami Township. He remained in critical condition Friday.

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