SENECA COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - Authorities have found five bodies inside a Seneca Co. home that caught fire Thursday morning. Authorities say three adults and two children were believed to be inside the house.
According to authorities, one of the victims of this deadly fire is Austin Rainey, 19. Rainey was a cadet with the Bascom Join Fire District. Rainey's body was draped in the American flag and escorted to Engle Shook Funeral Home in Tiffin.
Fire officials are not yet releasing an official cause for the fire or the names of the other victims. Earlier today, they were able to locate three of the bodies. In a press conference at 2:00 PM, the PIO for the State Fire Marshall's Office said investigators located the other two bodies while moving some debris. Authorities also say the 911 call made this morning was from the youngest daughter on the father's cell phone.
In a news conference around 11:30am Thursday, authorities said the first 9-1-1 call came from inside the home around 3:45am. When firefighters arrived at the home on SR 18 between Fostoria and Bascom, the flames were so intense that they had to fight the fire defensively from outside.
According to the public information officer for Seneca County, a family of five lived inside the home.Authorities have not released the names of the people who lived inside the home. However, the pubic information officer for Seneca County confirms three adults and two children lived at the residence. One woman who lived inside the home has been identified as a school bus driver for Seneca County Opportunity Center.
According to authorities, the home is not a crime scene, though no cause for the fire has been released. They say they do not believe this is a homicide or arson investigation.
Four fire department responded to the initial call Thursday morning. Authorities blocked the SR 18, prompting Hopewell-Loudon Schools to issue a two hour delay.
The State Fire Marshal in on scene investigating. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also assisting. Authorities are using technology to take a 3D image of the structure to determine the cause and origin of the fire. They are also using a K-9 who is trained to sniff out accelerants, if any are present.
SR 18 was closed for much of the day but has since reopened.