Authorities say Trumbull County fatal fire caused by patio grill


Investigators know the cause of an early morning fire that killed two adults and four children in Trumbull County.

The blaze broke out around 4:45 a.m. at a single family home located at 911 Landsdown N.W.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal says a hot charcoal grill on the back deck was too close to a wood fence and the homes vinyl siding.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal also says the victims were two parents, their two children and two other children visiting the home.

They have been identified Derek Doresey and Audrea Johnson. Their children Ariell Doresey, a third grader and Derek Jr. Doresey, a fifth grader. Also killed in the blaze was family member Miracle Hughley, also a third grader and out of town visitor Ja'Niece Hicks.

There were no smoke alarms in the home.

The investigation was conducted by the Division of State Fire Marshal, Trumbull County Coroner's Office and the Warren Fire Department. The Warren Police Department also assisted.

During the investigation the Division of State Fire Marshal investigators found no physical evidence or information that supports the grill was lit at, or around, 3 a.m. 

Investigators believe the grill was most likely lit during a family cookout the day prior to the fire (June 15).

Research studies provided to SFM investigators indicates charcoal briquettes can retain enough heat to ignite a fire for 12 to 26 hours.

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