A body has been recovered from a Swancreek Township house after it was rocked by an explosion Wednesday night during a standoff between a suspect barricaded in the residence and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
The name of the victim will not be released until positive identification is obtained. An investigation is being conducted by the Ohio State Fire Marshal.
According to county spokesperson Toni Schindler, deputies were called to 2513 U.S. 20A at 5:18 p.m. for a domestic violence call. A victim’s advocate removed a female and two children from the area, and a suspect entered the home and refused to leave. Deputies were told weapons were in the house.
Following unsuccessful negotiations between the suspect and a hostage negotiator, the suspect set the home on fire. A deputy who attempted to enter the residence smelled gas and retreated, and negotiations with the suspect remained unsuccessful.
An explosion occurred at the home about 8:13 p.m. The Fire Marshal’s office said Thursday the cause was a propane leak.
The Fulton County Auditor’s office identified the house owner as Terry Daubenmeyer.
In light of the event, Swanton Local Schools will have counselors available today (Thursday) in the Swanton High School community room for any student who needs help processing the situation.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Swanton and Wauseon police departments, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Multi Area Narcotics Task Force, the Metamora, Swanton, and Delta fire departments, and the Fulton County Dog Warden.