ABERDEEN, Ohio – One person is dead after a house fire on Monday morning.
According to Aberdeen Police Chief Fred Hampton, a call came into the police station at 9:41 a.m., Monday about a possible structure fire with possible entrapment at 136 Elm Street in the village of Aberdeen.
Hampton answered the call and teamed up with a neighbor to help.
“Myself and a neighbor, we attempted to gain entry. We went to the back door as we went in there was heavy smoke,” Hampton said. “We could tell there was great heat inside. The siding was beginning to melt and the windows had blackened. We were not able to make entry.”
Hampton said the Aberdeen-Huntington Township Fire Department arrived shortly after and attempted to put water on the fire with the help of police but the blaze had gotten out of hand.
“We tried and unfortunately by the time it was all said and done the resident had died,” Hampton said.
The victim has not been identified and calls to attempt to get that information were redirected several times without answer.
The incident is currently being investigated by the State of Ohio Fire Marshal. The cause of the fire remains undetermined and the investigation is ongoing.