One injured in Colerain Twp. fire

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - One person was injured in a fire Tuesday morning in Colerain Township.

It happened just before 5 a.m.  in the 2600 block of Chesterhill Drive.

When crews arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke from the garage area of the single story home. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished within an hour.

The occupants of the home were awakened by their smoke detector and evacuated themselves and their two young children. They remembered they had a house guest sleeping in the basement, who couldn't escape through the home because the fire was at the top of the steps. The homeowner was unable to knock out a window and call for the guest, who was crawling on the floor at this time due to heavy smoke.

The guest was finally able to locate the window despite the smoky conditions due to the homeowner calling his name. The guest was pulled through the narrow basement window where he sustained a significant injury to his hand and arm.  He was subsequently transported to University Hospital for the injury and smoke inhalation.  His injuries are unknown but they are believed to be non life-threatening.

Damage to the home is listed at over $120,000 for the structure and contents.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is believed to have started in the garage area near the basement steps.  Colerain firefighters received assistance on the scene by Forest Park Fire Department.