Victims ID'd in double fatal house fire in Adams County

FRANKLIN TWP., Ohio – Two people died in a late night house fire in Adams County.

The Franklin Township Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire in the 2000 block of Cemetery Road at 11:47 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, flames had fully engulfed the house.

"It was a fully involved structure when we arrived. The fire (was) shooting out of the roof, already part of the building had already collapsed," said Franklin Township Fire Chief Donnie Swayne. "There was no saving anybody."

The bodies of a husband and wife were found in the blaze and transported to the Montgomery County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies. They were identified by their daughter, Karen, as Lyle and Jane Lambert.

Karen, who lives next door to her parents, said she was woken up by a cousin and rushed to her parents' home.

"My cousin by marriage woke me up ... when I went out the doorway mom and dad's house was fully engulfed in flames," she said. "Dad was close to the door and mom was just a few steps behind him so they almost made it out but not quite."

While she is still coming to terms with the tragedy, Karen finds comfort in knowing they died together.

"They went together. After 53 years of marriage that's what you would want to do, is to leave and go together and so that's what they did," she said.

Fire crews from seven different fire departments across the region responded to the scene but it still took several hours to extinguish the blaze. While they were unable to save her parents, Karen wanted to thank the first responders who "did everything they could" to help her family.


"We want to thank all the fire departments that came out. They did a wonderful job trying to save mom and dad, said Karen who spent part of Saturday morning creating a make shift memorial next to where Kyle and Jane Lambert's home once stood.


The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office is handling the investigation into the blaze. Investigators will return to the scene Monday.


9 On Your Side's Amy Wadas and Cierra Johnson contributed to this report.

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