Death related to Dec. 26 Perry Township house fire ruled suicide
PERRY TWP. – The death of a 64-year-old man in connection with a Dec. 26 house fire has been ruled a suicide.
Harry Campbell, an investigator with the Stark County Coroner's Office, said the man did not die as a result of the fire but by suicide.
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Officials from the State Fire Marshal's office had determined last month that the fire at 4855 Fourth St. NW was an incendiary fire, which means it was intentionally set.
The fire appeared serious with heavy smoke when crews arrived at the scene around 10 a.m. Dec. 26, Perry Township Fire Chief Larry Sedlock has said.
In addition to the Perry Fire Department, firefighters from Canton, Canton Township, Plain Township, Erie Valley and Massillon were called out to the blaze.
Where to get help
Need help? The following resources are available any time of day:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (or, simply dial “988”)
Stark County Crisis Hotline: 330-452-6000
Crisis Text Line, text ‘4hope’ to 741-741
Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ youth: 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Military & Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, press 1
Military & Veterans Crisis Text Line: 838255
CommQuest Detox at Aultman Hospital: 330-830-3393
Learn how to make your home a “Safe Home” by removing unnecessary risks for substance abuse and suicide at starkmhar.org/prevention-resources/safe-home.
This article originally appeared on The Independent: Stark County coroner rules Perry Township house fire as suicide