REPUBLIC, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say extensive damage prevents them from determining what caused a fast-moving fire that killed five people and leveled a 130-year-old farmhouse in northwest Ohio.
The state fire marshal’s office said today that investigators have ruled out a propane heating system and a wood burner as the cause of the blaze earlier this week outside the village of Republic, about 50 miles southeast of Toledo. Other possible causes included smoking or space heaters used in the home.
Investigators found no evidence the fire was set intentionally.
Authorities in Seneca County believe the five people who died were two adults and three children.
The identification of the victims was left to the coroner, who wasn’t available for comment today.