A 70-year-old woman and her grown daughter died in a house fire early Tuesday, said Bethel Tate Fire Chief Richard Stowell.
Initially, authorities believed the 70-year-old woman and a man in his 40s died in the 2:30 a.m. blaze in the 200 block of North Charity Street.
They also suspected the woman's grown daughter, who was in her 50s, was missing and feared dead in the home as well.
But just after 7 a.m., he told reporters at the scene both deceased victims were women and there was no third victim.
Two neighbors called 911 to report the fire earlier this morning.
"There's a house fire right now to my house. It's fully engulfed," a neighbor told a dispatcher, according to a recording of the call released early Tuesday.
"There's an elderly woman and her daughter who live there."
Another neighbor urged first responders to get there as soon as they could.
"They need to get here now. This house is gone," a man said.
Fire crews initially had difficulty battling the blaze due to its intensity, Stowell said.
Flames were reported under control by 3:30 a.m. and out by 4:30 a.m.
"It's just terrible. She lost her husband last winter... they kind of kept to themselves lately and I'm just sad, really sad," neighbor Lisa Jackson said.
A Mt. Orab firefighter suffered chest pains and was hospitalized, Stowell said.
His condition was not known.
Authorities believe the blaze began here in the front living room of the house. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
It 's "too early to tell at this point," said Kelly Stincer, spokeswoman for State Fire Marshal's Office.
A damage estimate was not immediately available, and it was not clear if the home had working smoke detectors.
Fire Chief Rick Stowell said he does not suspect arson as the cause
So far this year, 67 people have died in unintentional residential fires in Ohio, Stincer said.
That's down from 80 at this point last year.
Overall, 110 people died in all of 2016. Thirteen of those victims are from Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties, she said.
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