KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — An intense early morning house fire killed four people inside a suburban southwest Ohio home Thursday, authorities said.
Authorities say four people have died in a house fire on Craig Drive that has destroyed the Kettering home, police said. Emergency crews received a 911 call from neighbors around 3:50 a.m. reporting a home in the 1900 block of Craig Drive fully engulfed in fire. When police first arrived on scene a man was outside the home and the responding officer attempted to save the man, but the intense heat prevented the officer from making it to the victim, Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore said. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene and the officer who attempted to save the man suffered minor injuries, Moore said. ( AP Photo/Dayton Daily News, Nick Graham)
The Ohio State Fire Marshal's office said investigators at the scene believe there were seven people in the house in the Dayton suburb of Kettering. Three people escaped, one with injuries. No other details on them were released immediately.
Fire marshal's spokesman Michael Duchesne said the upper part of the home collapsed into the basement. Two neighboring homes also were damaged.
Neighbors said a family of seven — four children, two parents and a grandparent — lived in the home, The Dayton Daily News reported.
Neighbors called 911 at around 3:50 a.m. to report the fire. Emergency responders arrived to a home that was engulfed in flames. They were hindered by the intense heat, and a police officer and a firefighter were treated for fire-related injuries.
Investigators were trying to determine what started the blaze.
"It's still real early in the investigation," Duchesne said.
Kettering Police Lt. Craig Moore said emergency responders spotted a man outside the home, but couldn't reach him right away. He was pronounced dead at the scene.