Body found after Clyde fire

CLYDE — A person was found dead in a trailer fire west of Clyde Tuesday morning.

Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office and Clyde Fire Department responded to the fire at 1710 W. McPherson Highway.

A release from the sheriff’s office states positive identification of the victim could not be determined at the scene. The victim’s identity and cause of the fire were under investigation by the sheriff’s office and State Fire Marshal’s Office Wednesday, the release states.

It also states the cause of death is to be determined pending autopsy results from Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

Chief Craig Davis of Clyde Fire Department said heavy smoke and flames were showing from the trailer when crews arrived. It appeared the integrity of the trailer was compromised, so crews initially fought it from the exterior, he said.

“We had to fight it from the exterior first in order to get it safe so we could get inside,” Davis said. “It was pretty well burned and there were no floors left.”

It took about 20 minutes to put out most of the fire and another 20 minutes to get it knocked down enough so crews could enter the trailer safely, he said. When it was safe, detectives from State Fire Marshal’s Office and Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office entered the home, according to the sheriff’s office release.

The fire was reported at 9:10 a.m. and Davis said the department remained at the scene until about 5 p.m.

The loss estimate was about $12,000, he said.

Davis said the owner of the property was to have an eviction hearing for the renter of the mobile home Tuesday.

Clyde Fire Department, Clyde Police Department, Sandusky County EMS, Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, Sandusky County Coroner’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene.