Witnesses tried to save trapped fire victim

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – A woman died in a fire that destroyed a Middletown home Thursday, despite the rescue attempts of firefighters and witnesses.

Neighbors saw the fire at 2534 El Camino Drive around noon and called for help. Two people who were driving by tried to get inside in a rescue attempt, but the smoke and flames were too intense.

“Nothing we could do,” says Ramon Martinez with MTZ Professional Tree Service. “We tried three or four times. It’s really a sad situation.”

Firefighters also had to pull back as the fire raged through the home.

“When you have a lot of heavy fire and a lot of smoke and you start getting collapse of the roof and floors for the safety of the firefighters you do have to get everybody out,” says Middletown Deputy Fire Chief Paul Lolli.

The victim was found when crews searched the house after the fire was out. Her name has not been released.

One firefighter was injured and taken to Atrium Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to be OK.

Investigators have not determined a cause.

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