Fire EMS, Firefighting

Two Dead in Franklinton (OH) Fire

A man and woman were killed Monday morning when fire tore through their Franklinton duplex, reports

Fire officials have not identified the victims, but said both were in their 60s. They said their names likely won’t be released until Tuesday because family is still being notified.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said both were in the same side of the duplex at 30 Brehl Ave. Five other people, including three children, escaped that half of the duplex.

One of the children, a girl whose age was not immediately available, was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for treatment of minor burns. A 53-year-old woman was taken to Mount Carmel West for treatment, and a 28-year-old man escaped without injuries. Those names and their relationship to the others also haven’t yet been released.

The two residents of the other half of the house were not hurt.

Smith said it was too early to say what started the fire, which started just after 11 a.m., or to brand it either accidental or suspicious. The first crews to arrive found heavy fire and were told that people might be trapped inside.

By 11:22 a.m., firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building due to severe fire conditions and had to fight the flames only from the outside. Their efforts were complicated by the strong winds and bitter cold.

Neighbors said the woman who perished used a wheelchair.

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