MOUNT VERNON — The individual found dead at the scene of Thursday’s fire at a Shirley Avenue apartment has been identified as 52-year-old Brad Grosscup, Knox County Coroner Jennifer Ogle said Friday afternoon.
Ogle said the cause of death is still under investigation, as preliminary autopsy findings “clearly show” that the deceased had died prior to the fire.
“No soot was found in the airway,” she explained, “and there were decompositional changes, which suggest death one to two days prior to the fire.”
Capt. George Hartz of the Mount Vernon Police Department said the department is treating the case as a homicide at this point and will continue to look for clues and collect evidence.
Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace confirmed the fire did break out in Grosscup’s apartment, the cause of which is still under investigation. No other individuals were in the apartment.
Update: 10:30 a.m. MOUNT VERNON — One person is dead and three families have been displaced as a result of a fire in an apartment at 209 Shirley Avenue Thursday evening.
Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace said in a press release the apartment structure was heavily involved in fire when the fire crew arrived on site and mutual aid was provided by the Fredericktown fire department.
The release stated the 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 returned to the scene this morning to continue their investigation into the cause and origin of the fire. The members of the investigation team include the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office.
MVFD was able to contain the fire to the single apartment in the building. Because of the necessity to disconnect the utilities to the entire apartment building, three families were displaced.
MVPD Capt. George Hartz said the department routinely treats such blazes as suspicious until it is confirmed they are not a result of arson.
The apartment building is owned by Ashcraft Properties LLC. Calls to registered agent Larry Grindle were unreturned as of press time.
The Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing the displaced families with shelter, clothing and food. Individuals wishing to help the families may do so by calling the Red Cross at 397-6300.
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