DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Wednesday.
It happened around 1 p.m. at the Cherrywood Manor near the intersection of Cherrywood Avenue and Radio Road.
The building sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. When 2 NEWS’ crew arrived on scene, it saw a family of four children being placed into the back of an ambulance.
Neighbors tell 2 NEWS that a woman near where the fire started was jumping up and down and screaming in the street. She was reportedly screaming, “my babies, my babies,” according to neighbors. They say they believe the fire started in her apartment.
About 10 people lived in the apartment where this woman resided, according to neighbors. Neighbors helped everyone get outside safely before help arrived.
Some children reportedly suffered burns and were taken to area hospitals — one was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.
The apartment where the fire started is considered a total loss. Neighboring apartments sustained heavy smoke damage and will temporarily be inhabitable.
Preliminary investigation reveals that one — or some — of the children were playing with some sort of fire source, whether it was a match or lighter remains unclear. The fire is not considered suspicious.
“There were some burns to a couple of kids, so that’s a pretty good indication that they were in close proximity to the fire when it started,” said Barry Baldwin, District Chief with the Dayton Fire Department.
Baldwin described their injuries as minor to medium. The father was also reportedly burned in the fire.
“If you were in the apartment when it was on fire, you were going to get some sort of burns. (The apartment) burned pretty bad.”
The Red Cross was called to assist the family.