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Investigators seek new clues in Emmitt House fire

Investigators seek new clues in Emmitt House fire
Posted February 11th, 2014 @ 11:27am by WTVN Newsroom

WAVERLY, Ohio (WTVN) -- The Ohio State Fire Marshal's office is asking anyone with photos or videos of the early stages of the fire that leveled the historic Emmitt House in January.

"By monitoring social media we do feel like there are some more photos and videos out there without getting too much into the investigation," said spokesman Michael Duchesne.

He says they're looking for video, photos, or information from anyone who may have seen the early stages of the fire. The fire is believed to have started about 30 to 45 minutes before the fire department was called.

New video from inside the burning building shows two law enforcement officers inside the building making sure everyone made it out. Waverly Fire Chief Randy Ambruster appears at the door and orders the men out of the building moments before the second floor collapses.

"We feel like a few seconds difference and this could have been a lot worse," said Duchesne.

Investigators are also hoping to talk with two off-duty firefighters from Pennsylvania who were at the restaurant at the time of the fire. They were in the area with a hunting party and may have information about what happened.


The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

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