HEBRON, OH (WCMH) — The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating after a man’s body was found in a burned home in Hebron.
Hebron Fire Chief Clifford Mason said a next-door neighbor heard 66-year-old David Trembley take his trash out about 1:30 a.m Wednesday. About 15 minutes later the neighbor smelled smoke, went outside and saw Trembley’s house on fire.
Chief Mason said firefighters were prevented from taking an aggressive interior approach to fighting the fire because the house was filled with so much stuff.
Firefighters couldn’t search the inside of the home until after the fire was out. Heavy equipment was needed to dig through all the burned out rubble where officials did find the body of an adult male. The body was sent to the county coroner’s office for a positive identification and cause of death.
Jennifer Gartner lives a few doors away and says Trembley was a night-owl who mostly kept to himself. “The only time I’d ever see him was just when he’d walk past the house to go to the store and back – pretty much kept to himself,” Gartner said.
Chief Mason said they have ruled out utilities as a cause and said there’s no evidence of foul play. “We do not suspect foul play in any way,” Mason said. “We had assistance from the State Fire Marshall, the Licking County fire investigation team and our investigator and they all concur at this point that it looks like an accidental fire.”
The fire chief said the house is a total loss.
As firefighters were trying to fight the fire, driving a truck down the road to access a hydrant, an active electric service line fell on the truck. No firefighters were hurt in that incident or while fighting the fire.