Woman saved from burning home

House fire in Piqua. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)
House fire in Piqua. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – A Piqua police officer and firefighters are being credited with saving a woman’s life.

Her family’s home in the 300 block of Young Street caught fire Tuesday morning.

A police officer was first to the scene and saw the woman in a second floor window screaming for help.  He reassured her until firefighters arrived and sent a ladder and crew up to save her.

“She pretty much jumped headfirst into the arms of one of the guys,” said Piqua assistant fire chief Brent Pohlschneider to our partners at the Piqua Daily Call.  “The PD guys did a great job in locating the victim.” Pohlschneider said, “They located her and were talking to her when we got there.”

Five people, including three children, live at the home.  The woman is being treated for smoke inhalation at Upper Valley Medical Center, but is expected to be okay.  No one else was hurt.

Neighbors credit police and firefighters for arriving at the scene quickly.  They believe their quick response saved lives.

Investigators are at the scene to determine a cause and damage amount.  The house appears to be a total loss.

A home next door also suffered some damage.

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