MOUNT VERNON — A woman is dead following a Sunday morning fire at a Mount Vernon apartment building.
Ohio State Fire Marshal Public Information Officer Brian Bohnert reported that the cause of death is believed to be smoking while using a home oxygen system, and the oxygen ignited.
The name of the woman has not been released. MVFD Executive Secretary Holly Bredefeld said the fire department does not release the names of victims. MVFD Chief Chad Christopher was not available for comment, as of press time.
Mount Vernon Police Capt. Scott McKnight said that no foul play is suspected. Officers were on scene Sunday to provide assistance and a detective was on hand, but no there is currently no active investigation, McKnight said.
A press release by Christopher states that the fire was contained to an apartment bedroom. The deceased woman’s apartment was equipped with working smoke detectors, Christopher said.
According to Knox County 911 reports, the fire was paged out at 12:25 a.m. A neighbor in the same apartment building called 911 to report an odor of smoke.
In the call, the neighbor said there “was a really strange smell … a smoke smell” that had woken her up, and that she had heard a loud noise. The neighbor reported the smell was “wafting through” her residence.
The neighbor was told to evacuate her residence by 911 dispatchers.
Mutual aid was provided by College Township Fire and Fredericktown EMS. No other injuries were reported.