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Kettering veteran killed in house fire remembered by family

Published: Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 9:47 PM

Aftermath of Kettering house fire that left 1 dead

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.

Family members are sharing stories and memories of a Kettering man killed in a house fire Sunday morning with WHIO’s Sean Cudahy.

James Towe is remembered as a joking father and good friend who reportedly served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

Towe’s son, James Towe told Cudahy his dad was a comedian who playfully cracked jokes.

"I'm trying to hold my own, I'll catch myself grieving [...] trying to keep myself composed to figure everything out," Towe said.

Towe said he and his brother are the last remaining family members living in the area.

“We’re going to try and talk to the VA [...] I guess he didn’t have any insurance policy so it’s going to be rough trying to come up with the funeral costs,” Towe said.

Towe said firefighters told him the deadly fire may have been caused by a heating blanket his father used.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Kettering firefighters.

James Towe (Contributed photo)

UPDATE @ 3:44 p.m.

The Montgomery County Coroner had identified the victim in a Sunday morning house fire in Kettering. 

James Towe, 72, of Kettering was pronounced dead at the scene after several unsuccessful attempts at CPR.

UPDATE @ 12:46 p.m.

Kettering firefighters continue to investigate the cause of a house fire that claimed the life of an elderly man Sunday morning.

Firefighters said the man was home alone at the time of the fire and crews made several unsuccessful resuscitation attempts at the scene. 

We will continue to update this report as new details emerge.

UPDATE @11:15 a.m: One person has died after a house fire occurred in Kettering Sunday morning, according to Kettering Police.

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Crews were dispatched to the 2800 block of Ghent Avenue around 10:45 a.m. and were met with a fully involved fire on arrival.

CPR was attempted on the rescued individual. No word on what caused the fire’s start.

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Units responded to the 2800 block of Ghent Avenue on a working structure fire Sunday morning.

The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. in Kettering. 

Flames were showing from the structure on arrival, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details. 

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for some in region until Tuesday morning

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:36 PM

Hail, gusty winds and heavy rain the main concern with storms this evening.

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  • Flash Flood Watch for Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene and Warren continues until 6 a.m. Tuesday 
  • Rain slowly ends overnight
  • Few more showers or storms Tuesday 
  • 5-Day Forecast


OVERNIGHT: Some lingering rain from Monday night will slowly taper to the south and east. The flooding threat remains until the wet weather comes to an end. Look for the weather to remain mild and muggy, with lows in the middle 60s.

Flash Flood Watch issued for Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene and Warren counties until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warm and muggy again with a chance of a few passing showers or storms, mainly during the peak heating of the day. The threat for severe weather is low, but areas to the south and east of Dayton could see an isolated strong to severe storm with gusty winds and hail. Highs for the day should climb to about 80. A cold front will pass through and high pressure settles in for the night. Skies will clear, humidity will drop and temperatures will fall into the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: Finally, dry and comfortable with a mix of sun and clouds. A high in the upper 70s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice, with highs in the lower 80s.

FRIDAY: A great way to finish the week with lots of sunshine and high temperatures. Highs in the middle 80s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and a bit more humid. Chance of a few pop-up shower or storms into the afternoon. Highs in the middle 80s.

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Cincinnati State to launch avionics technician program in Middletown

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:05 PM

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Middletown will launch an avionics technician training program this fall.

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The new program will be announced Tuesday at the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees meeting at Cincinnati State Middletown at 3:15 p.m.

The city of Middletown and MADE are investing $72,000 for the avionics lab, according to a press release from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Those interested in a career in the avionics industry can obtain fundamental skills through the program, according to the release.

Avionics Technicians install, repair and maintain electronic components such as navigation or communications systems found on different aircraft including helicopters, airplanes, jets and drones. They also work in the aerospace parts industry, according to the release.

Avionics technicians are listed as an in-demand career in Ohio with entry-level salary positions averaging at $43,000, the release said. Experienced workers make an average of $85,000.

Anyone interested in enrolling into the program can get more information by calling 513-217-3700 or at the college’s website.

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Driver reportedly trapped in semitrailer crash in Logan County

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:09 PM

Deputies and a medic unit are on the scene of a semitrailer crash that left the driver trapped and forced the shutdown of state Route 292 north of West Mansfield in Logan County.

The driver's condition is not known. 

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The accident was dispatched about 9:45 p.m. as a motor vehicle crash at state Route 292 and County Road 50, north and east of Bellefontaine. 

The semi is in a field, on its side and diesel fuel is leaking, we're hearing. A hazardous materials unit has been requested. 

State Route 292 will be closed until further notice, according to Logan County Sheriff's Dispatch. 

We will update this developing report as warranted. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Weather related power outages reported in Logan and Clark Counties

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:44 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:01 PM

Storms take down wires

UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m.:

The top of a pole was struck by lightning, causing the second large outage that occurred at 7:22 p.m. in Bellefontaine. 

Lightning damaged the pole and a transformer, causing 287 customers to lose power, Millhouse said.

Power was restored to all customers except one. Millhouse said crews are making final repairs and hopes to have power fully restored by midnight.

UPDATE @ 9:37 p.m.:

Approximately 86 customers are without power in Clark Co., 77 in Pleasant Township, according to the FirstEnergy outage map.

Trees and power lines are down in the 4200 block of Runyan Road, county dispatch has confirmed.

UPDATE @ 9:13 p.m.:

Two large outages affected two different parts of South Main Street in Bellefontaine within two minutes of each other, according to Director of Operations Kelly Millhouse of DP&L.

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DP&L crews found blown fuses due to heavy lightening at the first outage reported at 7:20 p.m. in a predominately commercial area of town, Millhouse said.

All 373 customers have had their power restored except for one, said Millhouse.

The second outage occurred two minutes later at 7:22 p.m. and affected 287 customers in a predominantly residential area, according to Millhouse.

Multiple crews are currently patrolling the area of South Main Street near Cross Pointe Circle and South Detroit Street to determine the cause, Millhouse said.

Millhouse said it shouldn’t be too long for restoration but does not have an estimated time of restoration.


Nearly 373 customers were reported without power in the Bellefontaine area around 7:20 p.m. Monday, according to the DP&L Outage Map.

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Logan County dispatchers said they believe the outages were weather related.

Estimated restoration time is currently reported to be midnight, according to the DP&L Outage Map.

We are working to learn more about the outages and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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