Police investigating fire as a homicide

Name released in fatal house fire. Man was stabbed multiple times.
Sandusky Register Staff
Dec 4, 2013

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.




Sad, I think it was some drug related type thing, ( NO, I don't mean the elderly man was a druggie ) or the man tried to stop a robbery.


Not everyone in Sandusky is bad. Sandusky, the city, did not do this awful thing, a person or persons made the choice to kill this man. There are many good people in Sandusky, many who have been there their whole lives and many who are my relatives. Cities don't kill people, people kill people. Many of the people in that neighborhood have been there 50+ years. I grew up two doors north of that house growing up and my cousins lived in that house. I even lived in THAT house for 7 years with my husband... we moved in 2001. NOT not because we hated Sandusky, but because we wanted a house with more land. I still live in Sandusky. I love my hometown.


Very well said neighbor! I am proud to say I am from Sandusky and know there still are AMAZING people and families in that town. Please, everyone let's rise above this evil crime in supporting Mrs. Martin and her family and stop bashing Sandusky.


condolences....... Can't wait to hear the excuses this criminal will have. Let's see, druggie comes to mind. Misunderstood, single parent family upbringing, Thug mentality, entitled to what ever I can steal, cause life is hard....etc....

red white and blue

Here's a fact how many more people need to get killed in sandusky before we admit there's a problem .we need some major drug bust in this town and we need immediate death penalty carried out for murders

Stop It

Is that a question or a fact? Where is your back-up?


Even those with the worst upbringing know right from wrong. They may not CARE, mind you, but they KNOW! The one comment here that really sums it all up is this: Too many kids grow up without consequences for their mistakes or their crimes.

Parents get chastised for spanking. Teachers get SUED if they try to discipline a child (and I'm not talking physical discipline here, which frankly would be GOOD for some of these kids). Bleeding hearts excuse terrible things by saying that "boys will be boys" or "video games made him do it" or "well, his mommy didn't love him." And EVERYbody gets a trophy whether they try or not and whether they've got talent or not. Is it any wonder some of these kids (and kids who've grown up under these conditions) don't bat an eye at committing wrongdoings and who don't understand why some of us really DON'T think they're "special?"


Absolutely, whole heartedly agree 100000000%


I agree with a lot that is said. Sandusky is becoming a very bad place to live. But it's not a color thing or single parent thing. It's a responsibility thing. The courts need to be strict on trash people who get in trouble. Don't let another convict out of jail like Curtis Clinton. Parents that are not together should spend more time respecting each other an raising the kids In a good way. Instead they pass hate an blame an become more involved in hating each other then focusing on the kids an what's best. Also people need to be responsible for their kids. I was in the house by seven when I was young. Did homework or whatever in the house with my mom. These days kids have no guidance. Parents are drinking. Drugging or whatever while the kids run the streets all hours of the day an night. A lot more attention into the kids from parents would help. I have a gun an I will protect my family at any cost. But it's also a lot to carry on your mind if u have to take a life that could be a younger child over something stupid like breaking in my home. Wake up people. Your child's future depends on us an the choices we make raising them


It's simple: too many kids were brought into this world and used as a way of gaining money and freebies. That's it. The worry about raising them properly never occurred to those who had them.

red white and blue

One sandusky dad^^ you are spot on my friend even if parents aren't together respect each other enough for your kids lead by example. And yes we need to be harded on these criminals.if judge obrien and our proscuter don't want to start cracking down lets get someone who will like judge Lux

red white and blue

Look up how many of these criminals keep getting charges and nothing happens.we also need some Major drug bust in this town and surrounding areas!lets start a petetion to get our drug task force back there's obviously enough drug money around here to fund it


I'm in. I'll sign the petition. Everything that you and dad have stated are entirely true.


Erie Countain....you hit the nail on the head.
I get so sick of people pulling the race card. It is because of people like the ones that comment on these articles that racism is still so prominent. It begins in the home. I worked DIRECTLY with the public 5 days week at the minimum and I completely agree. It is the parents out here that are messing things up. baby momma, Baby daddy" these are terms that we ALLOW ourselves to be categorized as. So to say that "we all know what is meant" is ignorant. I had a senior at Sandusky High School tell me that there are SEVENTEEN girls in her graduating class THIS YEAR that are pregnant or have children. How much do you want to bet that they are not all one ethnicity. One thing I saw for sure is a bunch of people the same age as me acting like children. These people need to stop spending more time laying on their backs and drinking their lives away and start taking care of and monitoring their children. The children of Sandusky are being raised by chidren who were raised by children. WHEN WILL THE CYCLE STOP! Im sick of people commenting on racial biases when the REAL problem is staring the city in the face. Parents need to be held accountable for their children. If there is a 17 year old boy or girl with more than one child, or a child is constantly in and out of the juvenille center, child services needs to be involved and see whats going on in that home. So my point is STOP BLAMING EACH OTHER and do something about it. Until the community comes together AS A UNIT to end the downward spiral it is on, it is only going to get worse.More senseless acts of violence like this are going to happen. It takes a village to raise a child. This is why I left the city last month. My daughter will never grow up in an area where it is more common to pop a couple babies out, be the third and fourth generation on welfare, or have a rotating door at the juv center; than to graduate from college. Where are their values? Where are their morals? Where is the supervision? When will someone be held accountable for being a neglectful parent BEFORE it is too late?


sandusky dad you are completely correct.
I am not with my child's father however....he is my best friend still. it is not about us. it is about our child. was it an easy road? no. but you have to be selfless enough to look past your own hurt to do what is best for their child. problem out here is these parents see their children as bargaining chips and meal tickets.


Lots of unanswered questions here. Could be a domestic situation.