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Written by Sentinel Staff   
Friday, 05 April 2013 02:23
Firefighters are seen near an engine on the 100 block of South Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio on the early morning hours of April 5, 2013 as crews investigate the cause of a fire which broke out around 1 a.m. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Firefighters are seen near an engine on the 100 block of South Main Street in Bowling Green, Ohio on the early morning hours of April 5, 2013 as crews investigate the cause of a fire which broke out around 1 a.m. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)

Marshall B. Drake, 52, has been identified as the victim in a downtown Bowling Green apartment fire this morning.
Bowling Green Police released the name at 10:40 a.m.

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The blaze was reported at 1:11 a.m. at 127 S. Main St. A caller in a second floor apartment reported smelling smoke, but said they didn’t know the source.
Upon the arrival of fire crews, light smoke was observed coming from an apartment on the second floor. The door was forced and entry was made to the apartment.
Inside the apartment, flames were observed in the area of a bed and the resident was located, and found to have suffered burns and was not breathing. He was removed from the scene and CPR was initiated.  He was transported to Wood County Hospital at approximately 1:45 a.m. by Mid-County EMS. The man was later pronounced dead.
Central Joint Fire was also called to the scene.


Entry was  forced into the first floor businesses at 127 S. Main and 129 S. Main, the Serenity Spa and Salon and the Qdoba restaurant – to determine if fire had spread. Ceiling tiles were pulled down but no fire damage was found.
A fire report indicated that the man was asleep in his bed when the fire started on the bed. A large hole was reportedly burned through the floor of the apartment. The man reportedly suffered smoke inhalation, and burns on his body. Fire Chief Stephen Meredith said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Bowling Green Fire Division investigators and the State Fire Marshal were called to the scene.
A smoke detector was found in the apartment, but it failed to operate, the report states. The cause of the malfunction has not been determined.
There are eight apartments in the building, and no others were damaged in the incident.
Fire crews remained on-scene until approximately 5:50 a.m.
South Main Street was blocked to traffic between Wooster and Clough streets while fire and ambulance equipment was set up in the street.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 April 2013 10:49
 

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