Firefighters in Marion said a man purposely started a fire and then killed himself in an early morning house fire that also injured his grandmother.
According to fire officials 34-year-old Christopher M. Glass II intentionally started a fire on the first floor of a home in the 300 block of Olney Avenue, walked upstairs and then shot himself in the head.
Glass’s grandmother, 71-year-old Mahalie Moore was also in the home at the time.
Moore woke up to fire and smoke, and escaped through a first floor window by breaking the glass with her hands to run to a neighbor to call 911. She said she tried to get back into the burning house, but the door was locked.
When the 71-year-old made it to a neighbor’s house, she was bloodied and burned.
“I opened the door there was blood all over my porch and door, got a towel and wrapped it around her arm,” neighbor Walter Hopkins said.
Firefighters later pulled Glass from his upstairs bed. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. There was a gun next to his body.
Moore was taken to Marion General Hospital with second degree burns to her chest, face, and and hands and was later transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for treatment. She is listed in fair condition.
Wade Ralph, a captain with Marion’s fire department, said a gas line was broken in the living room and furniture was moved right in front of Moore’s door.
Firefighters said other homes in the area were evacuated when a grenade was found on top of an upstairs dresser in the home that caught fire. Officials do not believe the grenade is related to the fire.