SIDNEY – An early morning fire Thursday in Sidney claimed the lives of a woman and a child. The names of the victims were not be released until relatives were notified.
According to the Sidney Fire Department, at 2:30 a.m. firefighters responded to 519 W. North St. on a report of a house fire with victims trapped. The house is a two-story, single-family residence.
Initial fire crews on scene discovered large volumes of fire involving the rear of the structure on both the first and second floors, with reports of several victims trapped on the second floor. Firefighters used ladders to access the second floor.
Two adults located on the first floor received assistance from the structure by Sidney police officers. They received care on scene for possible smoke inhalation, then were transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
After the fire was brought under control, crews gained access to the entire second floor and located the bodies of a woman and child.
Initial crews reported finding one activated/working smoke detector on the second floor.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the Sidney Fire Investigation Unit and the Shelby County Coroner’s office coordinated the removal of the deceased and transportation to the Miami Valley Coroner office for identification and autopsy.
One firefighter was evaluated at and released from Wilson Memorial Hospital.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Sidney Fire Investigation Unit and State Fire Marshal’s Office. The structure and contents are a total loss, officials say.
“Sidney Fire has utilized the services of Tri-County Crisis Response Team in the past. Initial efforts are currently underway regarding securing counseling/debriefing for all first responders involved in the unfortunate fatal fire,” said Chief Brad Jones.
Fire crews from Anna and Lockington, as well as all off-duty Sidney Fire personnel, assisted with fire suppression. Port Jefferson EMS and Anna EMS assisted with medical care/treatment and transportation.
This is the second house fire in two days that the fire department has battled. A fire early Wednesday caused $220,000 in damages to a house and its contents at 520 Arrowhead Drive. Jim and Lori Frye and their two children escaped injury.