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The house where a fatal fire occurred in Rome Township, OH has now been torn down. The house where a fatal fire occurred in Rome Township, OH has now been torn down.
PROCTORVILLE, OH - UPDATE:

The scene of a fatal fire that claimed the lives of an elderly couple in Rome Township, Ohio has now been torn down.

Demolition on the house located at the 100 block of Township Road in Lawrence County, OH is now finished.  The fire claimed the lives of Leo and Betty Sayre.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Rome Volunteer Fire Department, and the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office have been investigating the July 5 fire.  Deputies say a July 4 firework hit the back of the home then started a fire in a tub or cart.  But neighbors think there is more to the story.  "I didn't think they would ever find it if it was fireworks.  He kept everything nice, cleaned up and neat. I couldn't believe there's something laying somewhere that would have caught on fire," said neighbor Ed Caldwell.

Police say many backyard fireworks were going off the night of the fire.  No arrests have been made at this time.

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UPDATE:

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the elderly couple killed in a weekend house fire. Leo and Betty Sayre, of Proctorville, Ohio, both died after their brick home caught fire early Saturday morning.

Deputies say when fire rescue crews arrived at the home the rear of the house was fully engulfed in flames. The fire quickly spread towards the front of the home before firefighters could get it under control. Betty Sayre was in a hospital bed due to her poor health. 

Neighbors say they saw Leo, her husband, come out of the home and then go back to try to save his wife. 

Investigators with the fire department and sheriff's deputies confirm a firework hit the back of the home and started a fire in a tub or cart. That particular item was extinguished and moved away from the home. 

However, it appears the cart or tub that caught fire in some way contributed to the larger fire that engulfed the home.

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UPDATE:

The Rome Volunteer Fire Chief says they are now investigating incident as a criminal case.

"Not that they [the suspects] intentionally did it. It was an accident, but because they were breaking the law letting off the fireworks in Ohio causing a fatality that results in a criminal matter," said Fire Chief George Bennett.In the state of Ohio you are allowed to purchase illegal fireworks, but can't set them off in the state.

Investigators say the cause of the fire has been determined to be a falling firework that ignited something at the rear of the residence.If you have any information you asked to call the state's Fire Marshal's Office at 614-752-7107.

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ORIGINAL:

Fire officials are investigating a house fire in Proctorville, Ohio.  Crews say two people died in that fire. 

According to Fire Chief George Barnett with the Rome Volunteer Fire Department, the call came in at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5. It happened at a house located in the 100 block of Township Road 1173 in Rome Township.

Chief Barnett says an elderly man and woman died in the fire.  Their names are not being released at this time.

Both the Rome Volunteer Fire Department and the Ohio State Fire Marshal is investigating, however, Chief Barnett says the fire was caused by fireworks being set off in the area.

Along with the Rome Volunteer Fire Department, the Proctorville Volunteer Fire Department, Chesapeake-Union Township Fire Department, Fayette Township Fire Department, and Lawrence County EMS responded to the scene.