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Police investigating fire as a homicide

Sandusky Register Staff • Dec 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

UPDATED Wednesday,9:14 a.m.: Release from the City of Sandusky:

Sandusky - On December 3, 2013, the Sandusky Police Department (SPD) and Sandusky Fire Department (SFD) responded to a house fire at 2201 Campbell Street, Sandusky, which was reported at 8:29 p.m.  

The fire was extinguished by members of the SFD.

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Neighbors at the scene advised there were possibly two elderly people inside the residence.  

The elderly female resident arrived at the residence a short time afterward and it was determined her husband could possibly still be inside the residence.

After the fire was extinguished, SFD personnel determined the fire was suspicious in nature due to several possible points of origin.  It was found an elderly male, George Martin (86 years of age) was deceased in the residence.  

SPD detectives responded to the scene, along with Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter.  While investigating the fire, and upon closer examination, Mr. Martin was observed to have what appeared to be multiple stab wounds to his body.

The scene was secured.  Agents and investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI & I) were contacted and their assistance was requested in the investigation and processing of the residence.

Sandusky detectives and agents from the aforementioned agencies assisting in the investigation worked throughout the night in processing

the residence.

The body of Mr. Martin will be sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

SPD is investigating the death of Mr. Martin as a homicide.  

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for the death of Mr. Martin is asked to contact the SPD Detective Bureau at 419.627.5877 or at the email listed above.  Further questions regarding this investigation can be directed to Sergeant Dana Newell.

For information from the SFD, please contact Captain Jim Green at 419.627.5822 or at the email listed above.

Previous updates:

Sandusky firefighters responded to a house fire in the 2200 block of Campbell St. on Tuesday evening, and the Erie County coroner has been called to the scene.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home at about 8:30 p.m. They arrived to find flames at the back of the house, and they had the fire knocked down within about 20 minutes.

UPDATED 9:23 p.m.: Erie County coroner Brian Baxter is at the scene, but he has to wait for carbon monoxide levels in the home to drop before he can enter. Firefighters are still in the home. 

UPDATED 10:16 p.m.: Sandusky firefighters have asked the Ohio State Fire Marshal's office to respond to the scene for an investigation. Additionally, Sandusky police officers have said the cause appears suspicious. The coroner is still waiting to enter the home, because of high carbon monoxide levels.

The house is at the corner of Campbell and Grant streets.

UPDATED 12:09 a.m.: Police and firefighters have asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist at the scene. Firefighters said they found suspicious "points of origin" when they were trying to pinpoint the cause of the fire. Detectives and police Chief John Orzech said one body was found in the home. They have not yet provided the victim's identity, nor have they said if it was a man or a woman. 

Pick up Wednesday's Register for more on this story.

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