The Mount Vernon Fire Department was called at approximately 07:45 this morning for the report of a fire at 655 South Edgewood Road in Pleasant Township. First arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire conditions on the second floor of the home. The fire was contained at approximately 08:02.

Upon arrival, fire department personnel were notified that a person remained in the home in the general vicinity of the room involved in fire. An aggressive interior fire attack contained the fire to the room of origin. Search efforts found a civilian victim deceased within the room involved in fire.

The Mount Vernon Fire Department with assistance from the State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be accidental void of criminal intent. The origin of the fire is undetermined.

The victim found in the fire has been identified as 55 year-old Peter Ribar. The deceased has been transported to the Licking County Morgue for an autopsy.

Heavy fire damage was present in the room where the victim was found. Smoke and heat damage was prevalent throughout the second floor.

First release

The Mount Vernon Fire Department was called at approximately 7:45 this morning for the report of a fire at 655 South Edgewood Road in Pleasant Township. First arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire conditions on the second floor of the home. The fire was contained at approximately 08:02 a.m.

Upon arrival, fire department personnel were notified that a person remained in the home in the general vicinity of the room involved in fire. An aggressive interior fire attack contained the fire to what is believed to be the room of origin. Search efforts found a civilian victim deceased within the room involved in fire.

At the time of this press release, the Mount Vernon Fire Department in cooperation with the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, and Knox County Sheriff and Coroner’s Office is completing its investigation into the cause and origin of the fire.

The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family members. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Heavy fire damage was present in the room where the victim was found. Smoke and heat damage was prevalent throughout the second floor.

 

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