No Criminal Intent In Fatal Barn Fire

LEBANON (Fox 19) ---- Fire investigators released an update late Saturday on the Lebanon barn fire:

- The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal has concluded its on-scene investigation of this morning's fatal fire at the horse barn in Lebanon.

- The fire originated in the northwest corner of the structure and then spread throughout the rest of the barn. The specific origin of the fire will not be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

- The cause of the fire is UNDETERMINED. However, investigators have ruled out criminal intent.

- The Division of State Fire Marshal can confirm there are two (2) adult male fatalities. Positive identification has not been made as of 4:00 p.m.

- Fire investigators are working closely with the Warren County Coroner's Office; preliminary information from autopsies may be available by tomorrow, but the coroner's office says it could take several days before complete information is available to investigators.

- Fire investigators have confirmed there were 43 horses killed as a result of the fire. Original information provided to investigators indicated there may have been as many as 65 horses inside.

- The barn was fully involved in fire upon arrival by the first arriving fire crews. The Lebanon Fire Department was assisted by 10 mutual aid fire companies. Firefighters were able to contain the damage to the one structure and prevented the fire from spreading to other nearby barns.

- The Division of State Fire Marshal is conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Lebanon Fire Department, the Lebanon Police Department and the Warren County Coroner's Office.