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Child Critically Hurt in Overnight Fire in West Price Hill

WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Fire Department is investigating an overnight fire in which a one year-old boy was critically injured.

Crews were called to a home on Suire Avenue, near West 8th Street, in West Price Hill about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. Officials say the firefighters were met at the fire scene by a mother holding the unresponsive 16-month-old child. The little boy was taken to Children's Hospital.

The child's father was also injured and taken to UC Medical Center for treatment.

The fire happened in a two-story home.  The uncle of the injured child's mother lives next door and said he awoke to the sounds of popping and cracking.  When he looked outside he saw the home next door on fire.  He tells Local 12 News he ran over and pounded on the door to alert everyone inside of the fire.

The boy and his mother and father were trapped on the first floor where it is believed the fire broke out.

Most of the fire damage was confined to the first floor but there was smoke damage to the entire structure.

Everyone was out of the house by the time firefighters arrived.  A total of 7 people were displaced by the fire. They are being helped by the American Red Cross. A dog did perish in the fire.

The baby's step sister and brother were staying with their father at the time of the fire, Brian Henderson.  He spoke with Local 12 about the little boy who is now in critical condition.

"Oh, he's a great, loving little kid.  Just a happy little boy.  You know, whenever you come in the house, even when I would come in the house, he'd wave to me say, 'Hi Dad!'  He wouldn't really call me dad it would be more 'da.'  He'd come up and put his head in your lap and hug ya.  He's a fun, loving little kid.  A one-year-old."

It's still not clear how the fire started. Investigators were on the scene all night trying to determine the cause.


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