Still no cause in deadly Trotwood fire

Deadly fire on Annapolis Ave

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Firefighters rushed into a burning home early Thursday morning, but were unable to save the man inside.

Trotwood Fire Chief Steve Milliken says someone called 911 around 11:30 p.m. because they smelled smoke in the area of Annapolis Avenue.

Firefighters say a home in the 4000 block was engulfed in flames when they arrived a few minutes later. They pulled 48-year-old Michael Cox out, but he did not survive. Right now, it’s unclear if Cox was already dead when firefighters found him.

The Montgomery County Coroner is still trying to determine how Cox died.

While firefighters were making an interior attack, part of the ceiling collapsed, forcing them to retreat. No firefighters were hurt.

Chief Milliken tells 2 NEWS a second person who lives at the home was not there when the fire started.

Crews from Clayton, Harrison Township and Dayton were called in to help fight the flames.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is now assisting with the investigation.

A cause is still being determined but Chief Milliken says the fire started in the back of the home. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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