Fairfield Co. Couple Killed In Fatal Fire

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Associated Press
Bethany Venable

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Updated Thu, Jan 24, 2013 2:03 pm

UPDATE 2:01 P.M. Several space heaters were in use in a Fairfield County house before it caught on fire, killing two people early Thursday morning.

According to the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal's office, investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire that claimed the lives of Milton and Mary Clagg, both 62.
 
The fire took place on Shell Beach Road in Thornville.
 
Investigators say many of the electrical outlets had adapters plugged in, allowing for extension cords connected to multiple heaters in the home.
 
The space heaters were near combustible materials.
 
The state fire marshal advises against overloading outlets and recommends allowing three feet of space around a space heater.

UPDATE 9:25 A.M. Authorities said a husband and wife in their 60s died in a large house fire in central Ohio.

It happened early Thursday near Buckeye Lake in Fairfield County, east of Columbus. The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office identified the dead couple as Milton Clagg and Mary Clagg, both 62.

Units from multiple agencies responded just after midnight to fight the blaze, which was made more difficult by frigid temperatures.

Other residents got out safely, and nobody else was hurt. The house was destroyed. The Claggs were initially reported as unaccounted for until their bodies were found later Thursday morning.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


Authorities said two people are still unaccounted for following a large house fire in Fairfield County.

It happened early Thursday morning near Buckeye Lake.

Units from multiple agencies responded just after midnight to fight the blaze, which was made more difficult by frigid temperatures.

Other residents got out safely, and nobody else was hurt. The house was destroyed.

Firefighters continue to search for the missing residents and determine the cause of the fire.

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