Investigation into fatal fire continues

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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GEORGETOWN, Ohio — An investigation into a fire in near Fayetteville, Ohio, which led to the deaths of three individuals is ongoing by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office.

According to Sheriff Gordon Ellis, his office received a report around 7:21 a.m., on Sept. 7 of a fire which occurred on Glady Road in Perry Township near Fayetteville. One of the residents, Betty Jo Greynolds, had arrived home to find a fire had occurred, he said.

Ellis said Betty Jo Greynolds’ husband, Charles Greynolds, 62, was found dead as a result of the fire. Betty Jo Greynolds contacted Brown County Dispatch as well as her son, Michael Greynolds, who lives behind the residence.

The Fayetteville Fire Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Brown County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. Investigators from the State Fire Marshall’s Office also responded to the scene.

Officials from the Fayetteville Fire Department said the fire had already starved itself of oxygen and was relatively put out by the time first responders arrived. No firefighters were injured during the incident.

Upon checking the residence, two additional victims of the fire were located in the home. Dorothy Greynolds, 91, Charles Greynolds’ mother and Mary Taulbee, 48, Betty Jo Greynolds’ sister were found dead in separate bedrooms in the home.

The Brown County Coroner’s Office reported, after an initial assessment of the victims, that Charles Greynolds died from fire-related injuries, while Dorothy Greynolds and Mary Taulbee died as a result of smoke inhalation. Ellis said a determination of the final cause of death is pending from the coroner’s office.

Investigation into the incident is underway by the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office. Detective R. Wedmore of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, who is also cooperating with the fire marshal’s’s office, said he is awaiting information from the fire marshal’s report and the results of the victims’ autopsies.

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Jonathan Wright

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