New Lexington Fire Claims Three Lives

by Brittany Shannon on May 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

Three people are dead after a fire in New Lexington around two a.m. Sunday morning.

Beth Saffell woke up to her dog barking and a lot of commotion.

"I just knew there was three people in there and someone had to help them," says Saffell.

As smoke and flames poured out of the residence of Steve Kern and Katy Wright, Saffell says that a young man was banging on the home in an effort to wake them along with 13-year-old Eric Wright. They all lived at 327 Elizabeth Street.

"The fire department came, when they [came] the whole house was, smoke coming out the windows, and flames coming out the bottom windows," says Saffell.

The New Lexington Fire Department arrived to put out the flames, but it was too late to save the family. They were discovered in upstairs bedrooms.

Saffell says, "It’s just a tragedy that this had to happen. They had just bought, this is their first home."

The family was still moving boxes into the home. They were barely there for two weeks.

Martha Sanders, a second cousin of Steve Kern says, "Shock, oh yeah, just unbelievable that something like this would happen."

Steve Kern and his family moved here from Lancaster, Ohio and last night was their first night in the new home.

Saffell adds, "It’s just sad that this family had to lose three people and a child burned up in this fire."

The incident is being investigated by the State of Ohio Fire Marshall’s office along with New Lexington Police Department.