DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS has just confirmed one of the children in Monday’s fire has died.
The Montgomery County Coroner tells 2 NEWS 10-year-old Tabitha Whetstone was confirmed dead Thursday morning at Dayton Children’s Medical Center. The Coroner’s Office said they have not yet scheduled the examination.
Whetstone and Daniel were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital Monday, both in critical condition, after a fire broke out on the second story of their Hemingway Road home.
39-year-old Brandy Tripodi was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, also in critical condition.
A fire started on the second floor in the back of their home and forced the three to a front bedroom, also on the second floor.
Neighbors who saw the smoke tried to rescue the woman and two children from the home, and placed a ladder against the window. Fire crews arrived and took over the rescue, pulling the three from the house.
The fire is still under investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is helping with that effort.
Investigators on the scene told 2 NEWS the home had no working smoke detectors.
According to the GoFundMe page the are asking donations be make to the funeral home:
UPDATE: Please direct ALL CREDIT/BANK CARD (no checks) donations via phone to Newcomer Funeral Home, North Chapel, (937) 235-1000, weekdays 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-12pm
2 NEWS is continuing to follow this story and will bring you the latest information starting at 5 on WDTN, and as soon as we learn it on WDTN.com.