Tuesday, April 18, 2000

House blaze injures four firefighters

Neighbors help children escape

BY William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER — Four firefighters were injured Monday while battling a house fire on Shaggy Bark Drive here.

        Neighbors helped two chil dren from the house before firefighters arrived, Union Township Assistant Fire Chief Tony Goller said.

        When firefighters responded to the 5:56 p.m. alarm at the two-story house in the 7100 block, they found heavy smoke through the house and “a lot of fire” on the first floor, Assistant Chief Goller said.

        A 14-year-boy and his 3-year-old sister were in a second-floor room when they noticed smoke coming in under the door, Assistant Chief Goller said.

        They went out the window onto the roof, where neighbors helped them to the ground, he said.

        Four firefighters were tak en to Bethesda North Hospital for treatment of injuries.

        Two had burns on the neck and wrists, one had a sprained ankle and another suffered from dehydration.

        The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage was estimated at $100,000 to $150,000.


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