Fire victim identified, in critical condition

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – A Middletown woman was critically injured after her apartment caught fire.

Firefighters were called to the 2300 block of South Stuphin Street around 6:15 Wednesday morning.

The victim, Malisa Faye Cheeseman, 32, suffered burns to the back of her body and severe smoke inhalation.  She was last listed in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

A second woman, Kelli McNutt, 24, suffered injuries to her face, but left the hospital against doctor’s orders.

A 5-year-old girl, Riley McNutt, also suffered smoke inhalation.  She was treated and released.

The fire marshal says the fire started in the living room of the apartment.  Damage is estimated at $95,000.

The cause is under investigation. 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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