Victim in fatal Thanksgiving Day fire identified

Fire kills one and injures another Thursday morning in Shelby County. (WDTN Photo/Megan Kennedy)
Fire kills one and injures another Thursday morning in Shelby County. (WDTN Photo/Megan Kennedy)

JACKSON CENTER, Ohio (WDTN) – The woman who died in a Thanksgiving Day fire in Shelby County has been identified.

The Shelby County Sheriff told 2 NEWS Jody Reymiller, 47 died in an early morning fire in the 16000 block of Pasco Montra Road.

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The call for help came in around 5:00 a.m  on November 24. Jackson Center Fire Chief Jerry Davis told 2 NEWS one man in his 50’s was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. He was treated and released from Wilson Health Center and is now staying with family.

Chief Davis told 2 NEWS a rescue squad was returning to the station when the call came in and they were close by. The rescue squad immediately went to the home and when fire crews arrived the man was already in the ambulance being treated.

Mutual aid from six fire departments responded to the scene to help fight the fire. Davis said when they arrived heavy flame and smoke was coming out of the two-story home. Firefighters were forced to stay outside battling the blaze.

The woman was still inside the home but firefighters could not reach her.

Davis said on the day of the fire, “Jackson Center is a close-knit community. This is not only a tragedy to the family but the community as a whole.”

Sheriff John Lenhart told 2 NEWS Thursday the community immediately rallied to help the man, David Hellman, after the fire. Hellman’s employer is holding his job for him and the community raised money to help Hellman with his expenses.

 

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