A vehicle slammed into a home in Malinta early Wednesday morning, setting fire to the house.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just before 1am Wednesday when 36 year old Jeffery Lauharn of Toledo lost control of his vehicle, hit a pile of mulch, and then slammed into the living room of a home occupied by Travis Swihart and his family, igniting a fire on the porch.
Swihart, his wife Angel, and three children were home at the time.
The house was almost immediately engulfed in flames. The family got out without injury.
Lauharn however, fled the scene. He was picked up later in the morning and taken to Henry County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then locked up in CCNO after being charged with grand theft and other charges when it was discovered that he had stolen the vehicle earlier in the night.
If you’d like to help the Swiharts, who are now without a home, make a check payable to Travis and Angel Swihart and mail it to the American Red Cross of Henry County, 104 E. Washington St., Suite 116, Napoleon, OH 43545.