The fire started around 2:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Lafeuille Avenue on Wednesday at a duplex. Firefighters arrived at the scene and called for a second alarm due to reports of a person trapped. When firefighters entered the apartment and began to search for victims, they discovered a 2-year-old who had succumbed to the fire.
Two other children and a babysitter were also in the apartment at the time, but they were able to escape. Firefighters said the blaze began in the unit with the children inside it.
Anthony Neff and his buddy Christopher Engle drove the past the apartment building around the same time the fire broke out. They jumped out of the cars and ran inside the building to try to pull residents to safety.
"There was like three guys maybe screaming about a kid in the apartment," said Neff. "They were on the phone with 911 trying to get the fire department here, and that's when my friend Chris and I went into the building. I busted out the window, and went inside. He went inside the front door."
"Tony climbed in, went back, and found the older lady," said Engle. "And then I tried going into the right. Couldn't get in all the way because of the flames and smoke and all that stuff."
Firefighters said the elderly woman was transported to University Hospital due to smoke inhalation.
A firefighter at the scene also suffered a minor burn to his hand.
The duplex has four apartments. The two units in the basement are vacant.
There was another fire in Westwood on the 3900 block of Boudinot Avenue Sunday that has been ruled an arson fire. Officials are calling another fire that happened last week on Camvic Terrace in Cheviot suspicious. This fire is not believed to be connected to either of these incidents.