UPDATE: Ottawa man pronounced dead after fiery crash

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man was pronounced dead after his Jeep crashed into a mobile home and burned Thursday.

The Lima post of the State Highway Patrol said the Jeep was driven by Ronald J. Miehls Jr., 49. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death, the patrol said.

The residents of the mobile home, Harley and Helen Rose, escaped unharmed, but the mobile home is now uninhabitable, Trooper Katheryn Banks reported.

Miehls was driving a 2006 Jeep Commander north on Ohio 65 near Oakview Drive, on the north side of the village, at about 4:22 p.m. when the Jeep drifted off the right side of the road, according to Banks.

The Jeep hit a traffic sign, a metal post, and a mobile home at 1570 N. Perry St., Lot 1, according to Banks. The vehicle then burst into flames, and burned until the Ottawa Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze.

The mobile home was damaged by the collision and the fire. A damage estimate for the residence has not been completed, Banks said.

Also assisting at the accident scene were the Ottawa Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa Emergency Medical Service, Putnam County Emergency Management Agency, and Huggins Towing.


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