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UPDATE: Residents React to Apartment Blaze
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- This evening, several people are without a home in Harrison Township after fire ripped through an apartment building. It happened just before 1 a.m. on Tangy Court. Flames quickly spread through the building.
A resident tells ABC 22/FOX 45 he escaped with his children when he smelled the smoke.
"When I walked outside it was pure mayhem, children screaming and crying women screaming," said Ahmad Rodger, who lives in the building.
Two children were trapped on the third floor. Neighbors watched in fear as the two boys screamed for help.
"Oh my gosh, the fire was so big the smoke was so thick," said India White, a resident across the street.
Firefighters worked quickly to pull the two children out of the burning building.
"They had the window open and there was smoke at their backs. No fire in that apartment. We laid the ladder up there and pulled them out," Harrison Township Fire Chief Mark Lynch said.
They suffered minor smoke inhalation.
Crews then worked to douse the flames. Chief Lynch says a resident was frying food which likely started this blaze. Firefighters worked to keep the flames from spreading to the entire building.
"There were fire walls that prevented the fire from going any further and they did their job," the chief said.
The Red Cross is helping those who don't have a place to stay. A shelter has been set up at NorthRidge High School. One father who lost everything tells us he's still smiling tonight.
"Because of someone's irresponsible actions we lost a lot, but a lot of things were saved tonight, which was more important -- that's two kids' lives," said Elijah Rucker.
We have learned that there were working smoke detectors inside the apartment building.
Tonight, Chief Lynch is reminding residents never to leave food unattended on the stove.
The Red Cross says they are not only providing shelter, but clothes and food. If you need help contact them at 937-222-6711. They are also accepting donations.
Fire Crews Rescue Two Children Trapped in Apartment Fire
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- A massive fire takes over a Harrison Township apartment complex.
It happened just before 1:00 Tuesday morning in 2700 block of Tangy Court just off Dixie Drive.
Some residents managed to evacuate before fire crew arrives and firefighters were able to rescue two children from a neighboring apartment where the flames began.
The two children were taken to Dayton Children's Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The investigation is continuing but the fire chief says it appear the fire started in a kitchen.
The Red Cross is helping one of the residents displaced during the fire.
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- Massive flames take over a Harrison Township apartment complex.
It happened around 1:00 Tuesday morning on Tangy Court just off of Dixie Drive.
Many residents were evacuated from the apartment to safety. There were two kids trapped on the third floor but firefighters managed to rescue them and carry the duo down a ladder to safety.
Right now, those kids are recovering at Dayton Children's Hospital with minor smoke inhalation.
The fire started on the third floor but the cause remains under investigation.
Residents say someone was frying chicken at the time of the fire.
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