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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Celina man identified as house fire victim

By Tom Stankard
CELINA - The identity of the man who died in the house fire early Monday morning has been confirmed.
Jeremy Bricker, 34, was located in the kitchen near the back of the single-family, two-story home at 221 E. Warren St., according to a Celina Fire Department news release.
Firefighters responded to the call at 2:37 a.m. and upon arrival found flames coming out of the windows on both floors, the report stated.
Chief Doug Wolters said crews weren't able to enter the home due to the extent of the fire and damage to the home. Once the fire was mostly extinguished, firefighters were able to locate Bricker, who was already deceased.
The property was owned by Bricker and Jesse Bricker. Officials were uncertain how the men were related. Wolters said the house was deemed a total loss. The home had no insurance coverage, the release said.
An autopsy is being conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. No foul play is suspected pending the results of the autopsy, Wolters said. The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be accidental, he added.
Assisting with the investigation are the State Fire Marshal's Office, Celina Police Department, Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs.
The Celina Fire Department responded with three trucks and nine firefighters and remained on the scene for nine hours.
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