Trotwood house fire claims life of owner, dog

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – A house fire in Trotwood claims the life of a woman and a dog.

Crews were dispatched to a fire at a structure on East Main Street near South Broadway Street at 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Whey crews arrived they found smoke coming out of the two-story home.

Fire officials at the scene say an occupant alerted fire crews that a woman was trapped upstairs. Crews found her and transported her to an area hospital where she later died.

The Montgomery County Corner has identified the victim as 77-year-old Bonnie Schenk of Trotwood. Schenk owned the home. A dog that was found on the second floor was given oxygen, but it also died.

Schenk was an active member of the community having served on the Trotwood City Council, spearheading the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce and president of the Heritage Days event.

Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald describes Schenk as a “fireball, whose legacy will live on in the fiber of the community.”

The State Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to investigate.

It has been several years since the city of Trotwood has had a fatal fire. 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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