Update on fatal fire in Jefferson Township


(Posted Nov. 15, 2019)

In the case of a man found deceased in a mobile home fire in Jefferson Township (Madison County) on Nov. 12, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has completed an autopsy. The preliminary examination reveals no evidence of foul play, struggle or cause of death. Investigators are awaiting the results of additional testing, including toxicology.

The victim has been identified as Samba Ba, a 28-year-old male who resided in the Columbus area. According to information released by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revealed that Ba worked in the area and was familiar with the mobile home location.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Original story:

(Posted Nov. 12, 2019)

At approximately 10:53 a.m. Nov. 12, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a large amount of smoke coming from the area of State Route 29 and I-70 in Jefferson Township.

The Jefferson Township Fire Department was dispatched to the area, where firefighters found a mobile home on fire behind a business. They found a deceased male victim inside the mobile home. The deceased was transported to the Montgomery County morgue for an autopsy. The identity of the victim has not been released.

The Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Coroner’s Office, Jefferson Township Fire Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire.

Agencies that assisted Jefferson Township Fire with manpower and/or equipment included:

  • Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District;
  • Madison County Emergency Medical District;
  • Central Townships Joint Fire District;
  • Mechanicsburg Fire & EMS;
  • Tri-County Joint Fire District;
  • Pleasant Township (Franklin County) Fire & EMS;
  • Prairie Township (Franklin County) Fire & EMS;
  • Marysville Fire & EMS; and
  • Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
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