UPDATE: Fire Victim Released from Hospital; Cause Still Undetermined

Updated 2/8/2011 @ 7:25 pm

Michael Emerick, the 52-year-old man injured in Saturday's fire, has since been released from a Columbus-area hospital.

Investigators were able to determine the origin is at the ceiling level of the basement.

Division of State Fire Marshal investigators have determined that the origin of Saturday's fire was at the ceiling level of the basement, but the cause of the fire remaians undetermined.

Investigators say they still can not rule out an electrical malfunction or a heating-related fire in the area of origin. The fire’s origin was at the ceiling level of the basement just below the living room.

Investigators found no evidence of criminal intent during their investigation.

The home was not equipped with working smoke alarms.

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UPDATE: 02/06/2011 6:30 p.m.

A Waterford man remained in critical condition Sunday evening after an apartment fire this weekend.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said 52-year-old Michael Emerick was in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit at the OSU Medical Center.

Saturday evening firefighters and officers responded to a fire at the second story garage apartment he rents at 70 Main Street.

Sheriff Mincks said Emerick fell down the steps and was semiconscious due to smoke inhalation. He said Emerick was the only person inside.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

An Ohio Fire Marshal investigator is expected to go to the scene Monday.

The building is a total loss.

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UPDATE: 02/05/2011 11:21 p.m.

An apartment fire in Waterford Saturday evening sent one man to a Columbus hospital in critical condition.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said close to 7 p.m. officers and firefighters responded to a structure fire at 70 Main Street.

According to Sheriff Mincks, 52-year-old Michael Emerick was inside the second story apartment which filled with smoke.

Sheriff Mincks said Emerick went out the door leading to the first floor which is a garage and he fell down the steps. He said Emerick was semiconscious due to smoke inhalation.

Emerick was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital and then flown to the OSU Medical Center in critical condition.

Earlier Saturday night Sheriff Mincks said it was still too hot for responders to go inside to determine the cause.

The Ohio Fire Marshal had been called to assist
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Emergency responders are on the scene of an apartment fire in Waterford that has sent one man to a hospital.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said close to 7 p.m. Saturday officers and firefighters responded to a structure fire at 70 Main Street.

A man was apparently trapped on the second floor and jumped out the window, according to Sheriff Mincks.

He was reportedly taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. His name has not yet been released.

Beverly and Waterford volunteer firefighters and Sheriff's officers were still on scene around 8:30 p.m.

Sheriff Mincks said the fire was still too hot for them to go inside and determine the cause.

The Ohio Fire Marshal has been called to assist.


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