A body has been recovered from a Swancreek Township house after it was rocked by an explosion Aug. 30 during a standoff between a suspect barricaded in the residence and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
The name of the victim will not be released until positive identification is obtained. An investigation is being conducted by the Ohio State Fire Marshal.
According to county spokesperson Toni Schindler, deputies were called to 2513 U.S. 20A at 5:18 p.m. for a domestic violence call. A victim’s advocate removed a female and two children from the area, and a suspect entered the home and refused to leave. Deputies were told weapons were in the house.
Following unsuccessful negotiations between the suspect and a hostage negotiator, the suspect set the home on fire. A deputy who attempted to enter the residence smelled gas and retreated, and negotiations with the suspect remained unsuccessful.
An explosion occurred at the home about 8:13 p.m. The Fire Marshal’s office said Thursday morning the cause was a propane leak.
In light of the event, Swanton Local Schools will have counselors available today (Thursday) in the Swanton High School community room for any student who needs help processing the situation.
Also, at tonight’s Swanton High School volleyball game there will be a donation drop off for the family impacted by this event. Items needed include socks, men’s shoes size 11, men’s large shirts, men’s pants size 38 x 32, boxer briefs size 36-38, juniors pants size 12-14, women’s shoes size 8.5-9, girls underwear size 12/14. Also, adult woman size 18 jeans, XL shirts, and 40C bra.
There has been an account set up at Fifth Third Bank to benefit the children.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Swanton and Wauseon police departments, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Multi Area Narcotics Task Force, the Metamora, Swanton, and Delta fire departments, and the Fulton County Dog Warden.
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