Jeromesville Fire - Downtown

JEROMESVILLE -- The Ashland County Coroner's Office has identified the man who died Sunday in a fire in downtown Jeromesville. 

The body found following the fire was identified as Timothy Botdorf, the coroner's office confirmed Wednesday evening. His cause of death remains under investigation. 

Firefighters discovered the body on the second floor on 10 W. Main St. when conditions allowed them to search the structure, according to Jeromesville Fire Department's Assistant Chief John Cutlip. The body was transported to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, but there was no indication that it was intentionally set or that there was any criminal activity involved, public information officer at the Ohio Department of Commerce Brian Bohnert said in an email Monday afternoon. He continued to say investigators believe the fire started on the second level of the building adjacent to what village residents know as the Jeromesville Pub.

Bohnert anticipated more information would be available later this week. 

The JFD arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. The fire was then contained to the one building, but it quickly spread to the adjacent pub and then to Remaley Auction House, too. Two buildings, including the pub, sustained heavy damage. The auction house was less severely damaged. 

More information will be shared as it becomes available. 

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