Man killed, firefighter hurt in house fire

Posted at 10:57 AM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 18:11:22-05

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 60-year-old man who neighborhood children called "Santa Claus" was found dead Monday inside a burning home in Springfield Township, fire officials said.

Firefighters arrived at the home on Timbermill Court at 9 a.m. and spent more than two hours battling the fire from outside.

Springfield Township Fire Department officials said they spotted the homeowner's car in his driveway when they arrived, but struggled to get inside for hours to see if he was home.

A firefighter sprained his ankle while battling the flames. The firefighter's injuries "do not appear serious," officials said.

Firefighters said they had trouble containing the fire because several items blocked passageways inside the home.

Crews eventually found the man dead in his kitchen, Springfield Township police said.

Neighbors said the man had a white beard, which led to his "Santa Claus" nickname.