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1/10/2017 4:57:00 PM
Fire destroys Jackson home Tuesday morning
Flames engulfed this two-story house at 151 Water Street at the Locust Street intersection in Jackson in the early-morning hours Tuesday. The structure and contents were destroyed, but the four occupants who were inside when the fire broke out, were able to escape unharmed.

Flames engulfed this two-story house at 151 Water Street at the Locust Street intersection in Jackson in the early-morning hours Tuesday. The structure and contents were destroyed, but the four occupants who were inside when the fire broke out, were able to escape unharmed.

This was the scene of desolation after daylight broke Tuesday at the scene of a house fire at 151 Water St. in Jackson. The structure and contents were considered total losses and the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to determine the cause of the fire. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)

This was the scene of desolation after daylight broke Tuesday at the scene of a house fire at 151 Water St. in Jackson. The structure and contents were considered total losses and the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to determine the cause of the fire. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)

An early-morning fire Tuesday destroyed an older two-story frame house at 151 Water Street in Jackson, but the four occupants were able to get safely out of the burning house.

Jackson firefighters were called at 12:32 a.m. to the residence of Jason Scott, which is located on the Locust Street intersection directly across Water Street from High Praise Ministries. The fire apparently spread quickly and was showing heavy flames as firefighters arrived. Fortunately, Scott, two other adults and one child were able to escape from the house uninjured.

"They were lucky to get out of that house," Jackson Fire Chief David Channell assessed, noting that three of the four occupants were in bed when the fire broke out. Unfortunately, three dogs perished in the blaze.

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The Jackson Fire Department received mutual aid from the Coalton, Liberty Township, and Wellston fire departments, but the structure and contents were all counted as total losses. By morning, only a burnt shell of the house remained.

Because the cause of the fire was not immediately determined, Fire Chief Channell requested that the State Fire Marshal's Office investigate.

The house was owned by Mark Roger Enterprises of Jackson, which was renting the residence to Scott. An adjacent house at 153 Water Street, also owned by Mark Roger Enterprises, sustained damages to the siding and windows.

Altogether, 28 firefighters were on the scene and nine trucks were employed. There were no injuries to firefighters reported. In addition to the fire departments, other emergency responders on the scene included: Jackson Police, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Jackson city electric, water and street departments, Jackson County EMS, and the Red Cross.

Jackson city firefighters were on the scene until 4:02 a.m.



Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Article comment by: Kelly Karshner

It was Justin Scott, not Jason Scott. I am his girlfriend Kristin Karshner's father who is one of the other adults who got out but not before burning her hair and eyebrows. Tyson, Amara and Emma were the furbabies who did not make it out.



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