Dad held on million dollar bond after sons killed in fire

Wesley Coonrod (Source: Highland County Jail)
Wesley Coonrod (Source: Highland County Jail)

GREENFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The father of two young boys killed in a fire in the village of Greenfield in northeast Highland County is behind bars on a $1 million bond.

Wesley Coonrod, 42, is charged with two counts of felony child endangering after a fire damaged his Greenfield home, killing his two young boys.

Coonrod was in court Monday morning, where his bond was set at $1 million. He will be allowed to attend his sons' funerals and will be back in court next Monday for a preliminary hearing.

The fire struck Coonrod's unit at Lafayette and 2nd Street in Greenfield shortly after midnight on Sunday morning.  Coonrod escaped the fire, but the boys, ages 3 and 4, died shortly after being pulled out.

Damage appeared to be mostly confined to the interior of the home. Neighbors say they heard an explosion, and then heard the boys yelling for help.

Police say officers arriving at the fire said Coonrod appeared intoxicated and was standing outside the home in his underwear. The boys' mother doesn't live in the home.

Police say Coonrod and his sons had recently moved into the home after the home they were living in previously also burned down. The cause of that fire was ruled as an unintentional human act, but no other details were available.

Autopsies on the children were conducted at the Montgomery County coroner's office in Dayton. According to the coroner's office, the children died of smoke inhalation.

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