Intense Ohio blaze kills firefighter trainee, 4 relatives

FOSTORIA, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say a fire that killed five family members in Ohio started on first floor of the home.

But the state fire marshal’s office said Monday it hasn’t come up with a cause and is calling it undetermined. Investigators also say they can’t rule out electrical or heating as the cause.

A 19-year-old man training to be a firefighter died along with his parents and two younger siblings in the farmhouse fire Thursday near Fostoria.

The assistant chief with the Bascom Joint Fire District says Austin Rainey was set to take a test next month to become a firefighter.

A funeral home identified the other victims as 45-year-old James Rainey, 41-year-old Jodi Depinet-Rainey, 15-year-old Cody Rainey and 7-year-old Jessica Rainey.

Firefighters said the fire was too intense to get inside.


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