Search for answers following fatal fire

Deadly fire on Coulson Dr. in Jefferson Twp. (Bear Everett/WDTN)
Deadly fire on Coulson Dr. in Jefferson Twp. (Bear Everett/WDTN)


JEFFERSON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman found dead inside a burning home late Sunday night.

Firefighters found the body of Michelle Crosley, 62, in the home on Coulson Drive in Jefferson Township. Coroner’s investigators said an autopsy performed Monday morning, revealed  she died of inhalation of products of combustion.

Jefferson Township Fire Chief Larry Sexton says the fire was first spotted around 10:15 p.m. by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies on patrol a few blocks away. When they pulled up to the house at 5054 Coulson Drive, they saw flames shooting out of the roof and called the fire department.

Janice Gray, who lives across the street from the home, says she’s shocked by what she saw.

“It was popping and you could see the sparks over there from the wires burning.  It was, man I’ve never seen a fire like that.  Not that close.  It was really bad. I was just hoping there was no one in there, but that wasn’t true,” said Gray.

Firefighters quickly put the fire out. That’s when they found Crosley’s body inside. A dog also died in the fire.

The fire chief says the fire had been burning for some time before it was called in. He says the home is so badly damaged, it wasn’t immediately clear if there were working smoke detectors inside.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause. A spokesperson told 2 NEWS investigators are in the very early stages, working to determine the cause and origin.

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