July 1, 2016


Two women, dog rescued from North Vine fire

Firefighters and police officers rescued two women and a dog from a fire that gutted a home Monday morning on North Vine Street.

The blaze was reported via a 911 call at about 7:45 a.m. Firefighters put it out within an hour, but upstairs-downstairs duplex at 132 and 134 N. Vine St. was a total loss, they said.

A fire at an upstairs-downstairs duplex at 132 and 134 N. Vine St. gutted a home Monday morning. Two women and a dog were rescued from the blaze. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Police Officers Dan Warner and Todd Grice were first on the scene and rescued Konnie Oglesbee, 60, from the first floor.

Her adult daughter, Catherine, climbed out of a second-story window and was helped down by a third officer, Dan Getto. Sgt. Cal Undercoffer was supervising.

Medics treated the women at the scene and both were transported to a hospital, where Konnie Oglesbee was reported in critical condition.

“Two officers were treated on scene” for smoke inhalation, Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said. “They remained on duty.”

Firefighters also found a dog inside and treated it with oxygen once they got it outside. A humane officer transported it to a hospital.

Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci praised the officers.

“I could not be prouder of them,” Berarducci said. “All three of them risked their lives to get those people out.”

Painter said Konnie Oglesbee is a smoker, and the state fire marshal is investigating whether that may have caused the blaze.

“We believe it was unintended,” he said. “No criminal action.”

He said the fire caused about $150,000 in structural damage. He didn’t have an estimate on interior property damage.

The Salvation Army arrived to lend aid shortly after the blaze was handled.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.