Authorities have released the name of the man killed in a house explosion Monday evening in the 3900 block of Highland Avenue in Shadyside, OH.
Officials identified the victim as Mike Zoeckler, who lived at the home on Highland Avenue.
Tuesday, his daughter, a high school senior, was outside going through the rubble along with other family and friends, picking out small keepsakes that could be salvaged.
Numerous people came by, giving hugs and condolences, including the school superintendent.
“Well she’s a young lady who is part of our online schooling. Obviously a terrible tragedy for her family. Obviously she wasn’t home when this occurred so that was somebody looking out for her,” said Shadyside Schools superintendent John Haswell. “It’s a bad thing for our community, but we’ll rally around and anything that folks need. If they need any help, we’ll take care of ’em.”
Many people in Shadyside received a warning call about the explosion, instructing them to avoid electrical and gas usage, as it was unclear whether the incident was due to a gas leak.
The system, called Code Red, is an automated telephone system used by Belmont County 9-1-1 during times of emergency when they need to put out a message to those living within the county. From missing children, to letting the public know if there is a serious weather issue headed to their neighborhoods, the operator can just select the desired area, on a computer map, and the call goes out to everyone who has a published home telephone number or registered cell phone.
“Last night was another example of how good it is of a system to use, because it allowed us to notify pretty much, right around a little over 1,400 phone numbers we called; in less than five minutes,” said Belmont County 9-1-1 director Bryan Minder.
If you did not receive one of the calls, they say your phone number may be unpublished or you haven’t registered your cell phone to receive the messages.
In order to get registered, all you have to do is go to belmontcounty911.com and look for the Code Red tab on the left side of the screen. Text alerts can also be sent to your cell phone.