UPDATE: Man dies in Marietta house fire

Published: Sep. 27, 2020 at 2:15 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/28/20 11:30 A.M.

A house fire in Marietta Sunday afternoon claimed the life of a 56-year-old man, fire officials said.

Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham identified the victim as Rein Kovamees, who rented the home in the 600 block of Front Street that was owned by Mayor Mayor Josh Schlicher.

Firefighters were called to the home about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and brought the blaze under control within 10 to 15 minutes.

Neighbors reported that several people were in the street yelling for help and helped direct firefighters to the burning home.

Most of the damage occurred on the fire floor and in the attic, fire officials said.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office and Marietta Police are looking into what caused the fire.

correction: After an extensive autopsy done to the body of the deceased, authorities have determined that the man's age is 67 years old.

UPDATE: 9/27/20 6:30 P.M.

Crews were called to the scene of a structure fire in Marietta Sunday afternoon.

It happened in the 600 block of Front Street. The house belongs to Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher who rents it out.

Firefighters got the call around 1:30 p.m. and say they responded immediately. They were able to put the fire out in 10 to 15 minutes.

Neighbors say several people were out in the streets calling for help, even directing firefighters to the scene.

Officials say most of the damage is on the first floor and in the attic.

“They were able to get an initial knockdown. It took an extended period of time to get complete control of the fire simply because it got into the walls, ran to the attic. We had to do an extensive operation to go ahead and make sure all the fire was out in all parts of the building,” said Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham.

The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. They’re also checking to see if the structure is salvageable.

We will keep you all updated as we learn more about Sunday’s fire.


Emergency crews are battling a structure fire in the 600 block of Front Street in Marietta.

The Marietta Fire Department and the Marietta Police Department are on scene.

WTAP has a reporter there as well. We’ll have further details on air and online as this story develops.

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