Fire consumes Mt. Victory home

Girl killed her mother in residence

MT. VICTORY — Firefighters with the SouthEast Hardin Northwest Union Fire Department battled to contain an inferno that consumed a Mt. Victory home which was the scene of a 2006 murder.


An early morning fire destroyed a vacant residence at 124 Wheeler St. in Mt. Victory around 2:45 a.m. today. Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said the fire is suspicious and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TRACY GRAY-MILLER)

The department was dispatched around 2:45 a.m. today and found the 124 Wheeler St. home fully engulfed in flames.

Photographs from the scene show flames reaching well above the abandoned two-story structure.

Crews from the Kenton and Ridgeway stations were dispatched to battle the blaze.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Sheriff Keith Everhart said it is a suspicious fire and the State Fire Marshal’s office has been called to help with the investigation.

At one point, a CSX Transportation railroad line was shut down, stopping at least four trains.

The home has been vacant since Aug. 31, 2006. On that day, Meredith Poling, then 15, walked up behind her mother, Michelle Murnahan, with a 12-gauge shotgun and shot her in the head as she was playing solitaire on a computer.

Ms. Poling admitted to the crime in 2010, the Kenton Times reported at the time. She was sentenced by a visiting Hardin County Juvenile Court judge to the Ohio Department of Youth Services until her 21st birthday which came Feb. 12, 2012.

Anyone with information about the fire can call the sheriff’s office at (419)673-1268.