The man, who stood solemnly outside the house of his mother on Greylag Street near Jefferson Township Tuesday morning in the hope that both his mother and son were still alive within the house destroyed by fire.
The neighbors came to comfort him with coffee and kind words, but his hope quickly turned into sadness when two bodies, which authorities believed were those of the grandmother and grandson, were discovered in the house.
Early Tuesday morning, the identities of two victims had not been officially released.
Officials said that two girls under 13 years old managed to escape with only minor injuries thanks to the grandmothers’ help. They also credited the smoke detectors for their success. One of the two girls was treated by paramedics at the scene due to smoke inhalation.
Firefighters from the Jefferson Township Fire Department and the Columbus Division of fire responded immediately to the scene. Firefighters of the Jefferson Township Fire Department, and Columbus Division of Fire responded immediately to the scene. Fire crews contained the fire by 4 am Tuesday but were forced to wait for several hours before searching the home. The search was conducted after daylight with the help of a drone, and then an excavator.
According to Franklin County Auditor’s Office documents, the roof and second-floor ceiling of a 3,148 square-foot house, built in 2005, appeared to collapse over the majority of its structure. Both homes to either side where the fire happened also sustained external heat damage and fire damage on their siding.
As of Tuesday early afternoon, the cause of fire was still under investigation.
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