5 Killed in Horrible Thanksgiving Fire

(ReliableNews.org) – Fires kill thousands of people every year. In 2022, 3,790 people died in blazes in the United States. Sadly, more people have been added to those statistics.

First responders in Athens County, Ohio, received a call about a blaze around 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw a structure fire that had spread to two mobile homes. Both of them were engulfed in flames.

Firefighters soon received word that five people, including two toddler-aged children, were trapped. One other person managed to escape and was taken to the hospital. Firefighters put the blazes out and found the five trapped victims dead in the structures.

Chief Dale Sinclair, who works for the Richland Area Volunteer Fire Department, told WLWT News that some of the firefighters knew the people who lived in the trailers. The department has made mental health services available to all first responders.

The fire in Athens County wasn’t the only deadly Thanksgiving Day fire in the state. At the same time firefighters battled that blaze, first responders approximately 220 miles away, in Paulding, were also fighting a deadly blaze.

Paulding first responders received a call about a structure fire — again at a trailer. It spread to two other mobile homes and a car. Firefighters were able to put the fire out, and save the other two structures. However, when they searched the trailer where the fire originated, they found the bodies of three adults. Three dogs also died in the blaze. None of the occupants of the other trailers suffered any injuries.

Paulding Fire Chief Todd Weidenhamer released the names of two of the victims of that fire. They are 48-year-old Stephen Winters and 22-year-old Carol Wagner. The state’s fire marshal is investigating the fire to determine the cause. Currently, it’s listed as “undetermined.”

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