News Articles
Emerg. Preparedness
Hot Shots
Press Releases
Department Roster
Department History
Services Provided
Important Links
Fire FAQ's

Department SOG's

Medical Privacy Notice

Five saved in apartment fire -
Video Documentary

Entrance Exam 2017

2007 Images
2006 Images
2005 Images
2004 Images
2003 Images
2002 Images
2001 Images
2000 Images
1999 Images

Historical Images

See All Images

Gasoline in basement big cause of fatal fire

By:  Star Beacon - Shelley Terry

ASHTABULA — Gasoline stored in the basement played a key role in the house fire in which a 2-year-old twin boy died Tuesday, fire officials said Thursday.

The cause of the fire is undetermined pending forensic testing and laboratory results, and the case is still being investigated, according to the Ashtabula fire marshal, Capt. Gerald Senger.

Smoke inhalation killed Jorden Elliott of 3501 Hiawatha Ave., when fire swept through the basement, said James Baehr, Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office investigator.

The boy’s mother, Dannette Elliott, said Jorden was playing in a toy room near the washer and dryer when the fire started. She tried to get to her child, but the smoke and flames were too intense, she said.

Senger said the presence of working smoke detectors in the home alerted the other family members to the fire, allowing them to escape.

“Improper storage of gasoline in the basement played a major role in the fire,” Senger said in a press release.

Dannette Elliott has said she believes the clothes dryer had caused the fire.

Copyright 2007-2017 Ashtabula Fire Department  |  Website Design & Hosting by JNKWebDesignz