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Overnight Duplex Fire Kills Mother, Son

DAYTON -- Fire in a duplex claimed the lives of two people about 1 a.m. Thursday on Pinehurst Avenue.

When firefighters arrived to the scene they found heavy flames and thick, black smoke on the first floor. Two people were still trapped inside.

After making progress to contain some of the flames, crews went and located 37-year-old Tia Strickland and 15-year-old Ricky Turner inside, both were pulled out and were taken to the hospital, where they both died.

A third person in the home escaped onto the second floor roof by climbing out a window.

The boy's father, Ricky Turner Sr. says his son was an eighth-grader at E.J. Brown School and was on the track team. Strickland reportedly has two other older children, who do not live at the Pinehurst address.

Smoke forced neighbors out of the attached unit. Neighbors attempted to help the two people trapped inside by trying to break out the windows but they were unsuccessful.

A dog and a cat also died in the fire.

Dayton Fire investigators are expected to remain on scene throughout Thursday morning to investigate.

School counselors and the district superintendent are at E.J. Brown School Thursday to help students cope with this tragedy. Students are in the middle of Ohio Achievement Assessment tests and school officials say they are trying to delay those tests for the seventh and eighth graders during this difficult time.



Previous coverage:

DAYTON-- A deadly fire in Dayton is now under investigation.

Crews were called to a duplex on Pinehurst Avenue just before 1:30 Thursday morning.
   
We have learned two people lost their lives in the blaze.

It is not yet clear if the fire began started on the first or second floor, or what sparked it.
   
The fire chief tells us the fire had a good head start on them by the time they got there. He also says it does not look like the home had any working smoke detectors.

A dog and a cat also died in the fire. One person did get out, but was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

 
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