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Fatal fire claims 4 family members, service dog, in Lawrence County

May 24, 2019

IRONTON, Ohio — Two adults, two children and a service dog were killed in a house fire early Friday morning along Township Road 336 in Perry Township, which is northeast of Ironton in Lawrence County.

The bodies of Greg Taylor Sr., 54, who was wheelchair-bound, and his wife Amreh Taylor, 52, were found in the bedroom of their Perry Township residence, according to Lawrence County Coroner Dr. Ben Mack.

Mack said the couple had been caring for their step-grandchildren Zell Bias, 8, and Gemma Bias, 4, who were discovered dead still in bed in a separate bedroom.

The body of the Taylors’ service animal canine was also discovered and appeared to have been attempting to alert the couple, Mack added.

The fire call came in shortly after midnight and crews from the Perry Township Fire Department responded to the scene and were assisted by crews from both Upper Township and Coal Grove Fire Departments.

“On fire department arrival, the residence was found to be entirely engulfed in flames and was extinguished,” Mack said.

The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office has investigators on scene attempting to determine the cause of the fire.

“There are no obvious signs of foul play at this time,” he said.

Mack said the victims’ bodies have been taken by Hall’s Funeral Home to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office in Dayton for autopsies.

“Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the family as they cope with this unforeseeable tragedy,” Mack said. “It is unclear if there were functional smoke detectors in the home; however, we would like to remind all residents to check the status of their smoke detectors regularly and to contact your local fire department should you need assistance in installing one.”

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