GERMAN TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Investigators are still trying to determine what started the fire that killed a mother of two early Sunday morning.
The victim’s name has not been released, pending autopsy and forensic tests.
The victim’s children, Victoria Wise, 3, and William Wise Junior, 5, are recovering at Dayton Children’s after being pulled from the burning rental home by fire fighters. 25 year-old, Travis Robbins, was also in the burning home is at Miami Valley Hospital in critical condition.
The fire started at the 3500 block of Johnson Road around 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
A newspaper delivery driver who first noticed smoke and flames pouring out of the home was the first to call 911.
German Township Fire Chief Tim Holman said he was on scene within five minutes.
“I did a 360 evaluation around the residence and then I went to the front door. It was already open and I could hear moans coming from the front door. I made three attempts to make entry and the heat and smoke, but I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t have an air pack on,” said Chief Holman.
Holman said there were smoke detectors installed in the home, but they were not operational.
“It’s just tragic that a small battery could have made a difference,” he added.
An investigation into the cause is underway.