DAYTON (WDTN) — A woman jumped from a second story window to escape a suspicious early-morning fire in Dayton.
Fire crews were called to a scene at 80 Vine Street around 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
When firefighters arrived, they found the back of a two-story house engulfed in flames.
Three children who lived in the house escaped without injury. A woman living in the home leaped from a window to get away from the fire.
Neighbors say the woman went back into the burning house to save a dog, before jumping. Firefighters say she was unharmed. No one was injured due to the fire.
A neighbor says he walked out of his house just in time to catch the woman as she jumped.
“I came outside, I heard people screaming,” Darryl Roberts said.” I came out the side of my door, because I stay next door, and the next thing I know there’s fire everywhere and she was stuck, couldn’t come back downstairs, so she had to jump out the window.”
“I caught her when she jumped.”
Roberts says he was in the right place at the right time.
“The place was burning and blazing,” Roberts said. “Thank god I was just there.”
District Chief Semmes Bowers with the Dayton Fire Department says the fire was contained to the kitchen and back porch of the home. He says there was heavy smoke damage to the first and second floors of the house.
Bowers says the fire is considered suspicious, because it started from the outside of the home. The cause remains under investigation.
The landlord for the property says there were smoke detectors. Bowers says the smoke detectors went off once the fire started, alerting people inside and allowing them to get away safely.
Another neighbor says his girlfriend alerted him to the fire. Stan Foss says he went to the house to alert the people inside before getting a hose and spraying water on a fence to keep the fire from spreading to his own property.