One person was killed and three others injured in a house fire in Napoleon Friday afternoon.

Napoleon Fire and Rescue was called to 906 Lumbard St. around 2 p.m. for a structure fire. When crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, according to public information officer Napoleon Police Lt. Edward Legg.

“There were four total victims, three victims were transported to Henry County Hospital, two of those victims were subsequently transported by air ambulances to other hospitals,” Legg said.

He confirmed the fourth victim died in the house and was being recovered by fire and rescue.

Legg added the injuries suffered by the surviving victims were burns.

A neighbor on scene reported hearing a loud explosion prior to seeing the house on fire. He said he thought it was a car accident until he looked outside and saw the house on fire.

Legg said he could not confirm whether there had been an explosion or not.

Another neighbor said he saw a woman exit with two children while yelling that someone was still inside.

The state fire marshal’s office and the Henry County coroner were called to the scene. No cause is known at this time.

Crews were still cleaning up the area into the early evening. Roads in the area were closed to traffic for several hours while crews battled the blaze.

Cases of water and snacks were provided to emergency responders and neighbors by Together We Can Make A Difference Initiatives, and one neighbor brought a pitcher of water and cups for emergency crews.

Also responding to the scene were fire departments from Liberty-Washington Township, Ridgeville Corners, Florida-Flatrock Township, Damascus Township, Holgate, Monroe Township, rescue from Henry County South Joint Ambulance District, Napoleon Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

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