The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry recently approved grant funding for 55 projects totaling $382,855 for fire departments in rural areas of Ohio through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant program.
“The services that local fire departments provide are essential to the safety and well-being of families and properties in the communities they protect,” said Dan Balser, Chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “In addition to wildland fire fighter training, we are pleased to be able to provide funding for the acquisition of upgraded equipment to our frontline partners in wildfire prevention and suppression.” VFA Grant projects are focused on supporting rural fire departments and helping them continue to deliver safety services to their communities. VFA grants are open to fire departments that serve communities with populations of less than 10,000 people within the ODNR Forestry wildfire protection area.
Highland County Press
The Columbus Division of Fire said Thursday the second of four-year-old twin boys has died after both were pulled from a Saturday morning house fire in north Columbus.
Columbus firefighters were called to the 3000 block of Glenshaw Avenue just west of Westerville Road around 7:40 a.m. after children knocked on a neighbor's door for help. When firefighters arrived, they found Yonatan and Solomon Nashih, both four years old, on the second floor of the home. The children were taken to Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital and died this week.
Nahan Kosof, a neighbor, said he’s known the family for three years and they’ve become close. As soon as he saw the kids in distress, his heart immediately sank.
Officials say three older children, ages 17, 14 and 11, were able to escape and went to Kosof's house.
“One of them was just wearing boxers and none of them had shoes on,” Kosof said.
Kosof ran out to see smoke coming out of the home and was told by the kids that the twins were still inside.
WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
A fire that broke out just before 8 p.m. Wednesday in Elyria was still burning into the early morning hours Thursday.
The call came in for a fire at a vacant commercial property in downtown Elyria at 100 Washington Ave.
The building used to house restaurants, a nightclub, and apartments. It’s been vacant for several years. Flames were shooting out of the building when firefighters arrived on the scene. Units from departments all over Lorain County responded to help get the fire under control.
Mutual aid units started being released from the scene in the early morning hours Thursday when the fire appeared to be under control.
WJW-TV Fox 8 Cleveland
An Ohio toddler who died in an apartment fire earlier this week may have accidentally sparked the blaze himself, authorities said.
Firefighters make the initial attack on Wade Walk this afternoon. Our citizens are everything to us. That we lost a life today due to fire is heartbreaking. We will not rest until all of our residents are safe from the ravages of fire. According to The Associated Press and WLWT, Cincinnati Fire Department officials said Amari Campbell, 3, may have been lighting incense when a fire broke out Monday afternoon in his grandmother’s apartment near Wade Walk and Winchell Avenue in the city’s West End. Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly before 2:30 p.m. and found the child, who had suffered serious burns, under a bed, the AP reported. He later died at a nearby hospital.
WHIO-TV CBS 7 Dayton
Officials suspect a heating element caused a fire that claimed the lives of some turtles at an exhibit in northeast Ohio.
Firefighters responded to a report of a shed fire at Turtle World of Medina on Wednesday afternoon.
In a Facebook post, the department said firefighters removed approximately 10 turtles, which included two large tortoises, from the smoke-filled shed and used specially designed masks to administer oxygen to the reptiles.
About half the turtles did not survive, firefighters said.
“The shed had been insulated and heated to house the turtles and it is believed that one of the heating elements started the fire,” the department said.
Turtle World of Medina bills itself as “a place to enjoy the wonder of turtles and tortoises.”
Cincinnati Enquirer & Cincinnati.com