Police release 911 calls from West Chester fire that left 4 children in critical condition

Adult not home when fire started, hurting 4 kids: Police
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 1:55 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2022 at 2:01 PM EDT
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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (WXIX) -West Chester police released the 911 calls from an apartment fire that left four children in critical condition Saturday.

“I hear someone yelling outside ‘fire’,” one caller said to a 911 dispatcher.

According to West Chester Fire Chief Rich Prinz, firefighters were called to Aster Park Drive around 12:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a fire in the area.

“I see smoke and I hear glass breaking,” another caller reported.

Chief Prinz says that when crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the windows.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire and rescue four victims, all under 10 years old.

The victims, an 8-year-old, 5-year-old, 1-year-old and 5-month-old were taken to area hospitals and taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Corryville.

Chief Prinz said on Saturday all of the children were dealing with issues related to smoke inhalation.

According to West Chester police and fire officials, the victims are still in critical condition as of Tuesday.

Fire officials on the scene Saturday confirmed the mother of the children was at the hospital as her children received treatment. No adult was home at the time of the fire, according to West Chest police.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal released this statement to FOX19 NOW on Monday:

“West Chester Police are actively working this case. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is still under investigation.”

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