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UPDATE: Family Releases Name of Man Killed in Fire in Sciotoville

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/8/13 @ 1:30 p.m.
SCIOTOVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) – The Scioto County Coroner has confirmed the name of the man who died in a house fire early Friday morning in Sciotoville,

On Thursday, a family member told WSAZ.com that Grover McGuire, 60, was the man who died in the fire. The Coroner’s Office confirmed that information Friday morning.

The fire happened at McGuire’s home in the 1100-block of Rose Street about 2:30 a.m.

Fire crews say when they got on scene there was smoke and fire showing from the single-story home.

Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison said firefighters found McGuire’s body in the living room after putting out the fire.

No word at this time as to what caused the fire.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 6:50 p.m.
SCIOTOVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) – The family of a man who died in a house fire early Thursday morning in Sciotoville has released his name to WSAZ.com.

Family members say Grover McGuire, 60, lived at the house on the 1100-block of Rose Street in Sciotoville. Firefighters got the call just before 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews say when they got on scene, there was smoke and fire showing from the single-story home.

Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison said firefighters from Portsmouth and New Boston put out the flames at the house before searching inside and finding a man’s body in the living room.

On Thursday afternoon, McGuire’s sister told WSAZ.com that, while dental records were still being run on the body, a ring and watch had been recovered from the body and the family was sure it was McGuire.

The coroner has not yet confirmed the identity of the body. The body has been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for positive identification and cause of death.

“Any time there’s a fatal [fire], there’s quite a bit of work to do,” Raison said. “You want to make sure it's handled properly from the very beginning.”

Neighbors who called 911 Thursday morning said seeing the flames was surreal.

“Every time I opened my door, our house was full of smoke. Everything was bad. I couldn't breathe in my house,” Ashley Norwood, who lives in the apartments across from McGuire’s house, said. “It all happened so fast. I walked out there and I [saw] the one window's on fire, and then everything was going.”

Raison said he and his crews were on the scene until 9 a.m. Now, investigators and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office are trying to figure out where the fire began and how it ignited.

“It makes you worry, yeah. I'll be checking my smoke alarms today and making double sure they're all right,” John Osborne, another neighbor, said.

Raison said the Portsmouth Fire Department has handled five different structure fires in the past 48 hours, but they do not believe any of them are connected.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/7/13 @ 10:10 a.m.
SCIOTOVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate a fatal fire in Scioto County.

Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison tells WSAZ.com the fire happened in the 1100-block of Rose Street in Sciotoville.

The call came in around 2:20 a.m.

Fire crews say when they got on scene, there was smoke and fire showing from the single story home.

Raison says a man's body was found in the living room.

The body has been sent to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for positive identification and cause of death.

They have not determine what started the fire.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate.

The Portsmouth Fire Department and New Boston Fire Department responded to the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.


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