Man helps rescue boy from second floor of burning duplex

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -The Dayton Fire Department says two dogs died in a fire, and a bystander helped rescue a 12-year-old boy from a second story window.

Crews were called to 28 North Horton Street around 4:30 p.m.

A man who lives in one half of the duplex says that he, his girlfriend and a pet ferret got out safely.  He told 2 NEWS a man, two children and three dogs live on the other side of the duplex.

Fire Captain Fred Marx says a man who was at a nearby restaurant saw the fire and ran to help. He says the man climbed onto the roof and helped the 12-year-old boy down to safety.

The man’s family tells 2 NEWS he was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he will stay overnight.

Firefighters say the child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital for treatment of ankle injuries and smoke inhalation.  The child’s dad was also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  None of the injuries are life threatening.

The same man who spoke with our crews says he believes the fire started on the porch.  Investigators have yet to determine what started the fire, but they are ruling it accidental.

Half of the structure was destroyed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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