Fire Marshall finds no criminal intent in fatal fire
by Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer
PDT Staff Writer
The Ohio State Fire Marshal has determined there was no evidence of criminal intent in the double fatal fire that occurred Tuesday morning on Duck Run Road.
According to released information from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Division of State Fire Marshall has determined Tuesday’s fire in Rush Township originated at or near the kitchen stove. The cause of the fire will officially be ruled undetermined. Fire Marshal spokesman Shane Cartmill said investigators found no smoke alarms in the home.
The fire occurred at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, in a single family residence located at 3114 Duck Run Road, and claimed the lives of sisters Alice Jordan, age 90, and Nellie Allard, age 65.
Capt. Shawn Sparks with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office said Rush Fire Department responded to the 911-call, along with Squad 2, Union Fire Department, Valley Fire Department, Morgan Fire Department, and Valley Squad 5.
Sparks said Rush Fire Department advised at 12:48 p.m. that they found an injured male, and they were requesting squad assistance. Chief Jarrod Montovan of the Rush Township Fire Department identified the injured man as an EMS with Scioto Squad 2 and former Morgan Township Fire Chief, Tim Phipps. Cartmill said Phipps suffered a cardiac episode at the scene of the fire and was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, where Cartmill said he was doing well on Tuesday afternoon.
Funeral services for Nellie Allard, will be conducted at noon, Friday, Aug. 17, in Scioto Burial Park with Bob Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Rushtown Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.
Funeral services for Alice Jordan, will be conducted Graveside services will be conducted at noon, Friday, Aug. 17, in Scioto Burial Park with Bob Davis officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.
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