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Fatal fire deemed 'not suspicious'

Zoe Greszler • Jul 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM

The cause of the fire that killed 19-year-old Devin Spooner remains unknown. However, authorities say they don’t suspect foul play.

“I don’t have much information, other than it is still under investigation,” said Brian Bohnert, public information officer with the State Fire Marshal, who’s handling the case. The fire took place in the early morning hours of July 3 at 29 Walnut St.

“(The cause) is listed as undetermined right now. However, we can say there’s nothing suspicious about this fire.”

Bohnert said the department though did confirm that the teenager died as a result of the fire. About 20 animals also perished in the blaze.

Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeff Harwood earlier said Spooner was inside the house at the time of the fire and called 9-1-1. While still on the phone with a dispatcher, the teen stopped talking, Harwood said.

A Norwalk firefighter sustained second-degree burns while fighting the fire and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for care. 

It is believed the cause of the fire was accidental, possibly involving a cooking incident or wood burner, Harwood and other authorities said in earlier interviews.

Twenty of the family’s pets were killed in the blaze, which caused $61,400 worth of damage to the structure and an additional $10,000 in damage to its contents, according to the fire report.

“There were four dogs and 14 cats for them,” neighbor and pet sitter Olivia Vargas said, referring to the Spooners. “When they (the firefighters) opened the door, there was a cat, but it was already dead. The dogs were kept in a crate in the living room and when I got there, there was no barking. … They usually barked.”

Fire Chief John Soisson has been off work since mid-June after experiencing what Heinz called “a major life event.” No further details about Soisson’s situation have been released to the public.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reflector staff writer Cary Ashby contributed to this article. 

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