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Woman, adult son die in Jackson Twp. fire

Monday, January 21, 2013

Staff report


An early-morning house fire in Jackson Township on Sunday killed a mother and her adult son. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries fighting the blaze.

Township fire crews were dispatched to 1875 N. Duck Creek Road about 1 a.m. Sunday.

A fire that started in the attached garage spread quickly to the home, where an older mother and her adult son were found dead, according to Jackson Township Fire Chief David Graham.

Identities of the victims were not immediately released pending notification of relatives. No other people were inside the home at the time of the fire, Graham said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but the state fire marshal was on the scene Sunday and will conduct an investigation, Graham said.

The fire chief added that no smoke detectors were found in the house, and firefighters did not hear any detector alarms when they first arrived.

Autopsies will be performed Tuesday, Graham said, adding the victims’ identities should be released today.

Five fire departments responded, including Jackson, Milton, Paris Township, Palmyra Township and Lordstown.

Graham said one firefighter fell from a deck on the property while fighting the blaze. He suffered minor injuries, including a broken nose. He was hospitalized and received stitches and is expected to be fine, Graham said.

The chief noted that a family dog also perished in the fire. A parakeet also was reportedly killed.

The blaze was the first fatal fire in Jackson Township in about four decades, Graham said. “I’ve been here for 37 years, and this is the first” fatal fire, he added.

The fire chief also noted that the Trumbull County 911 center first received the call before diverting it to Milton Township in Mahoning County, at which time crews responded.

Milton Township borders Trumbull County.