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Grease fire injures one, causes scare in Wintersville

Updated: Thursday, April 17 2014, 05:43 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio - Investigators and emergency crews converged on a home in Jefferson County because of a suspicious fire -- one that ended with serious injury.
Reports of an explosion and even rumors of suspected drug activity gone wrong were rampant, but that wasn't the case.
Officials at the Wintersville Firehouse said it all started around 2:30 Thursday afternoon at an apartment along Canton Road.
Around 3 p.m., residents were standing outside their apartments. There was crime scene tape and a destroyed oven.
There were even members of the County EMA, Drug Task Force, and Wintersville Police Department on scene, all of which made those reports or rumors about an explosion or meth lab seem legitimate.
But it turned out, the suspicion of any criminal activity was only that -- suspicion. After an investigation, it was determined that grease was to blame.
"The contents of what was on the stove and in the pots looked suspicious so we picked up on that and police began an investigation," said Mark Bevilacqua, assistant chief of the Wintersville VFD.
Family members said the victim, 25-year-old Timothy Ingraham, was alert.
Ingraham was flown to a Pittsburgh area hospital to be treated for burns on 19 percent of his body and charring on his face.
Of course the investigation is ongoing.
Officials say the apartment building was saved thanks to some heads up work by a neighbor.  

Grease fire injures one, causes scare in Wintersville


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