The home of Chuck and Margaret Frost, Findlay, Ohio, burned Wednesday and Margaret perished in the fire. The Frosts operated a container business for many years through which Grace Brethren International Missions and ICDI shipped supplies to Africa. This is an excerpt from a Findlay, Ohio, news source. To read the entire article, click here.
Woman, 90, dies in blaze
By LINSEY MAUGHAN, Staff Writer
A 90-year-old woman died Wednesday afternoon as fire destroyed a northeast Findlay residence that for three decades had been home to three generations of one family.
Margaret Frost perished in the fire, while her husband, 89-year-old Chuck Frost, suffered burns and was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco Emergency Medical Service. He was later transferred to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo by ambulance, according to Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman.
The hospital released no information on his condition late Wednesday. No other injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, Heldman said.
The blaze at 5188 Hancock County 18, just north of Cass Township 213, was reported about 2:10 p.m. By 3:30 p.m. the fire had been extinguished and firefighters were searching the rubble of the two-story building. Margaret Frost’s body was found at 7:20 p.m.
The house contained four apartments and was owned by William and Marlene Barrett, who shared the downstairs with Marlene’s parents, the Frosts, whom they were taking care of.
Upstairs were two apartments, each occupied by a single male tenant, one of whom was Josh Barrett, son of William and Marlene. The second upstairs tenant was Bill Fredette.
William, Marlene and Josh were all at work at the time of the fire. Fredette also was not home.
UPDATE: Here are some personal reflections from Jim Hocking, CEO of ICDI:
Chuck (88 years old) is at the St Vincent Mercy Medical Center (burn care) room 165 phone 419-251-4743