MOUNT VERNON ‐ Firefighters from Mount Vernon and Fredericktown fire departments battled a blaze at a Shirley Avenue apartment building Thursday night. One person was found dead inside the apartment. Officials are investigating.
Shortly after 7:00pm last evening, the Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to 209 Shirley Avenue, on a structure fire.
First arriving crews found heavy fire conditions in the apartment building. Initial interior attack crews found one fire victim during the extinguishing process. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Identification of the victim will be made after the autopsy has been performed.
Investigators will return to the scene this morning to continue their investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. The members of the investigation team represent a cooperative effort between the Mount Vernon Fire Department, the Mount Vernon Police Department, and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The Mount Vernon Fire Department was able to contain the fire to a single apartment in the building. Because of the necessity to disconnect the utilities to the entire apartment building, 3 families were displaced. The Knox County chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene and facilitated the sheltering of the displaced families. The Fredericktown Fire Department responded to assist with firefighting efforts.
Thursday, Feburary 14 at 8:38 p.m.MOUNT VERNON ‐ The Mount Vernon Fire Department is on the scene of an apartment fire on Shirley Avenue where one person was found dead. Chief Chris Menapace stated at 7:42 p.m., that the fire has been contained.
City fire investigator Terry Davis has been called to the scene as well as investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
More details will be published as they become available.