Two dead in house fire west of Toledo Leybourn Avenue

Crews responded to the 3800 block of Leybourn Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. A man and a woman were found dead.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Two people were found dead in a west Toledo home fire on Wednesday, according to Toledo Fire and Rescue officials.

Teams responded to the 3800 block of Leybourn Avenue, near Berdan, just after 12:30 p.m.

A man and a woman were found dead inside the house: one on the ground floor and one on the upper floor. The Toledo Fire initially said the victims were male.

The fire was deemed under control at 12:50 p.m. Toledo Fire said in a press release. No cause has been determined, the Toledo Fire said Wednesday night.

The names and ages of those who died have not been released.

The Toledo Fire said a joint investigation was being conducted by its investigative unit, the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

The Toledo Fire confirmed Wednesday night that a neighbor called the fire, saying there was black smoke coming from a second-story window.

Neighbors said they believed the deceased were residents of the home who had lived there for more than 20 years.

“They are very nice people and tend to keep to themselves,” said Parthena Obst, who has lived on Leybourn Avenue for more than 22 years. “I really don’t talk to them. We say ‘Hi.’ We see them out there in their backyard, doing their things all summer long. I think they’re going camping or whatever. Good people. So it’s a complete shock to me.

Stacy Kaucki has lived just two houses away for the past 15 years and said the fatal fire showed her how little she knows about some of her neighbours.

“The guy next to him, I don’t know what his story is,” Kaucki said. “It’s like you see him maybe once a month, take out the trash and that’s it.”

Obst said it was a sign for neighbors to start protecting each other.

“A few of us exchanged phone numbers today because if anything happens to my house, please call me. I want to know,” Obst said. “And if anything happens to yours, I’ll call you.”

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