Structure fire investigated
At 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Harrison and Greenfield Fire Departments responded to the scene of a Jackson Ridge townhouse, an abandoned structure fully consumed in flames. The original call came into Gallia County 911 as being fully involved, and was reportedly on the ground as the first firemen were on scene shortly after. According to a statement from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, it was a total loss.
The building, which used to be a church and was later converted into a townhouse, was abandoned for 20 years without any kind of electrical utility to cause a fire, also according to an official with the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office. Due to the amount of damage and the nature of the fire, the fire marshal was notified, and the investigation is ongoing.
“The case is still open and under investigation, and the investigator on scene has determined that an unknown human act caused the fire,” said Kelly Stincer, media contact for the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office.
No injuries were reported.
Road conditions reported factor in collisions
On Friday night, around 10:15 p.m., Gallia County Sheriff’s deputy Amanda Wickline was reportedly traveling north on State Route 7 in Addison during heavy rains. She reportedly slid off the road and into a ditch and was cited for loss of control of the vehicle. The same evening in the early morning hours of Saturday, deputy Nick Clagg collided with a wall at the intersection of Second Avenue and Vine Street in Gallipolis after sliding through the intersection. Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated both incidents.
Gallia Sheriff Matt Champlin said both deputies were cited for failure to maintain control of a vehicle by Ohio State Patrol. Both were on calls of service at the time of the incidents and traveling in heavy rain. The deputies were reportedly traveling five miles an hour over the posted speed limit at the time of the collisions and road conditions are believed to have been a major determiner in the collisions.