A Westerville teenager died in a house fire Friday, Sept. 1.
Westerville Division of Fire units were called to the first block of Allview Road about 5:10 a.m. and arrived by 5:15 to find a “pretty intense” fire, according to Chief Brian Miller.
By the time responders fought their way into the house, Hannah Sarver, 17, was found dead, Miller said. She was not transported to a hospital. Miller said a coroner later would determine her cause of death.
According to Miller, four people were in the house at the time of the fire.
Two others were upstairs and jumped from a second-story window to escape the blaze, Miller said. A fourth person in the basement of the house also escaped.
One woman was taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for treatment.
Fire crews from Westerville, Norwich Township, Washington Township, Worthington and Upper Arlington all responded to the scene at some point, he said.
According to Miller, none of the responders were injured.
Miller’s priority, he said, is to use the situation to prevent others from fire-related tragedies, particularly noting the importance of smoke detectors.
“Speaking with the occupants, nobody said they heard any smoke detectors,” he said. “I just want people to make sure they have smoke detectors, and if you do have them, make sure they’re working.”
As of Friday morning, no determination was made on the cause of the fire.
Miller said he had no reason to believe foul play was involved.
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