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Tuesday, February 19 2013, 07:17 PM EST
Deadly Fire Moves Cincinnati Officials to Act
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati officials are proposing legislation requiring rental properties to have enhanced smoke detectors.

The effort by Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld is being driven by the death of two University of Cincinnati students following a New Year's Day fire at a rented house near campus.

Ellen Garner, 20, a 2010 graduate or Tippecanoe High School, and Chad Kohls, 21, of Centerville both died in that fire.

The Cincinnati Enquirer said the officials are expected to propose legislation Tuesday that would require all rental properties in the city to be equipped with photoelectric smoke detectors.

Photoelectric detectors are better at sensing a smoldering fire than the more common ionization detectors.

The students who died were sleeping on the third floor of the house. The fire produced minimal flames, but deadly smoke went up the stairs as if it were a chimney.



January 15 coverage:

Benefit Wednesday For Fire Victim and Tipp City Native Ellen Garner

TIPP CITY -- The Tipp City community is honoring Ellen Garner, 20, who died Monday morning from injuries she sustained in a New Year's Day fire on the University of Cincinnati's campus.

Garner, attended Tippecanoe High School and graduated in 2010.  She was a sophomore at UC.

The news of her death has shocked this Tipp City community.

"It is a tragedy and some of the girls who even worked here knew here and went to school with her just growing up in that same general area, Tipp City is a pretty close community," said Molly Wilson, a server from Buffalo Wild Wings in Tipp City.

The "Pray for Ellen" Facebook page that has nearly 6 thousand fans, reads:

"It is with absolutely broken hearts that I tell you that the Garner family and their friends kissed Ellen’s earthly body goodbye this morning. Heaven is now totally aglow with a new radiance that we will miss terribly while we remain here."

Garner was one of two who died in a New Years Day house fire on the University of Cincinnati's campus.  Her friend, Chad Khols of Centerville died last week.

To help her family grieve and to continue Garner's legacy that ended too soon, the Buffalo Wild Wings in Troy is hosting a benefit to raise funds in her honor.
 
"Ellen's friend, one of her best friends contacted us and said that she wanted to help raise funds for the family, so we do benefits here and we set it up for Wednesday, all day long, we open at 11 close at midnight," said Emily Niswonger, Service Manager from Buffalo Wild Wings.

Garner worked at Buffalo Wild Wings in Cincinnati and management says it was the least they could do.

"We are doing a raffle as well to give away some of Garner's favorite items," donations are welcomed and like I said its all going to go back to the Ellen Garner fund," Niswonger  explained.

"We just wanted to do something nice for the Garner family.  The generosity that you can show towards them is all you need. Every little bit helps," said Wilson.

Funeral services for Garner have been scheduled for this Friday at 2 pm at Ginghamsburg church in Tipp City.  A memorial fund has been set in Garner's name through Tipp City United Methodist Church.



January 4 coverage:

Local Graduates Critically Injured in Fire Near UC

CINCINNATI -- A Tipp City woman and Centerville man -- both University of Cincinnati students -- were critically injured in a New Year's Day fire near the UC campus.

Ellen Garner, 20, is a 2010 graduate or Tippecanoe High School.

Chad Kohls, 21, of Centerville also was injured in the fire. He is the son of Greg and Anne Kohls. He was listed in critical condition but on Thursday, Anne said on Facebook that he was "stable through the night" and she asks everyone to pray for Chad and Ellen.

Officials said the accidental fire was caused by a space heater placed too close to bedding. It happened just before 7 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the three-story house on Digby Avenue in University Heights. Garner and Kohls were rescued from the top floor.

Authorities said there were 10 people in the house at the time of the fire, and all were believed to have been asleep. At least one other person was treated at a hospital and released.

As of Friday morning, nearly 1,000 people had "Liked" the PrayforChad Facebook page.Deadly Fire Moves Cincinnati Officials to Act

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