11/14/2017 4:19:00 PM Fire destroys vacant Wellston house Two questioned already as part of WFD/WPD investigation
An early-morning fire Monday destroyed one house on South Michigan Avenue in Wellston and damaged two others next to it. Initially, the unoccupied house on the left at 455 South Michigan Ave. caught fire and the fire spread to the other two houses. Two persons were in the house on the right at 451 South Michigan Ave., but both were able to exit unharmed. The Wellston Fire Department and the Wellston Police Department are conducting a joint investigation and two persons have already been questioned. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson. Jr.)
An early-morning fire Monday which struck an unoccupied house in Wellston and also damaged two nearby structures is under investigation.
Wellston Fire Chief Ryan Pelletier reports the Wellston Fire Department was called at 4:06 a.m. Monday to an unoccupied house at 455 S. Michigan Ave. in Wellston. The house was owned by the late Mark Fowler of Wellston and no utilities were hooked up at the time of the fire.
The structure was fully engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived and had already spread to two nearby and adjacent structures on both sides, including one at 451 South Michigan Ave., which was owned by Amanda Cox of Wellston and occupied by Danny Mullens, Jr. and Masaila Priest. Mullens and Priest were both home and asleep at the time of the fire, but the Wellston Police Department alerted the occupants and they were able to exit without injury.
The second exposed house at 459 S. Michigan Ave. was owned by Stephen Demko and was unoccupied at the time of the fire and was signed as being for sale.
Chief Pelletier stated the house at 455 S. Michigan Ave. was considered a total loss with major damage to the residence at 451 S. Michigan Ave. and minor damage to the house at 459 S. Michigan Ave.
Fire Chief Pelletier stated the fire is being jointly investigated by the Wellston Fire Department and the Wellston Police Department and that two persons have been detained for questioning.
The Wellston Fire Department was assisted by the Coalton Fire Department, Hamden Fire Department, Bloomfield Fire Department and Jackson Fire Department. Also, assisting was Jackson County EMS, Jackson County Sherriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.