GALLIPOLIS — An elderly man has reportedly died as a result of a house fire on Wednesday in Gallipolis.
Firefighters with the Gallipolis Fire Department were initially alerted by an alarm company concerning smoke detectors in the home, quickly followed by dispatchers, shortly after noon, according to Gallipolis Fire Chief Keith Elliott. The home was located near the intersection of state routes 7 and 141 in Gallipolis.
Elliott said when firefighters arrived, the fire was spreading “rapidly” from the first floor through to the attic.
An elderly man in his 80’s was pronounced dead at the scene by Gallia County Coroner Dr. Daniel Whiteley. The victim’s name was not available at press time.
Though the point of origin for the fire appears to be the first floor at this time, the cause remains undetermined, Elliott said.
Investigating the fire are personnel with the Ohio State Fire Marshal and the Gallipolis Police Department. No other injuries were reported. Though the home reportedly suffered damage from the fire, no other neighboring properties were damaged.
Providing mutual aid on the scene were personnel with the Point Pleasant Fire Department. The scene was cleared around 4:30 p.m., Elliott said.
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