UPDATE: Names released in fatal fire

By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

DEXTER — Two people were killed in a structure fire on Wednesday night on Old Dexter Road.

The victims have been identified as Harvey Smith Martin, 49, and Jeanette Lynn McDonald Martin, 45, of Old Dexter Road, Langsville.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood told the Sentinel that at least six fire departments, the Meigs County Coroner’s Office, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the sheriff’s office had been on the scene that evening and in to the early morning hours.

The initial call came in at 9:22 p.m. of a fully involved structure fire at 30762 Old Dexter Road, according to the fire marshal’s office.

According to Brian Bohnert, Public Information Office for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the cause of the fire is going to be undetermined.

“I can confirm there was a propane explosion inside the structure, but the ignition source, as well as the reason for the buildup of propane, is going to be undetermined due to the extensive damage,” stated Bohnert.

Two individuals were found deceased in the structure. The bodies are being transported to Montgomery County for autopsy and positive identification.


By Sarah Hawley


Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.