79-year-old dead, grandson injured in Newport fire, officials say
NEWPORT, Ky. (WXIX) - A 79-year-old man died Monday after a fire broke out at a house over the weekend in Newport, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.
Lloyd Redmon, 79, died at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the coroner’s sheet confirmed.
The Newport Fire Department says the fire was reported on Isabella Street around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The 79-year-old and another resident were transported to the hospital.
According to the Newport Fire Chief Frank Peluso Jr., the other resident was Redmon’s 16-year-old grandson who jumped from a second-story window to escape the flames.
“The grandfather did attempt to extinguish the fire; suffered some burns [on] his head, arms and torso,” Newport Fire Chief Frank Peluso explained. “Grandson was apparently upstairs. [He] did hang out of the window and drop. The grandfather was unable to put the fire out.”
The teen suffered ankle and foot injuries but he is doing ok, fire crews said.
Chief Peluso says the fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the home.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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