HAMDEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) — A 9-year-old girl and her mother could not escape an overnight house fire and have died, according to officials.
Heavy smoke awakened the 38-year-old mother of a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.
Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand said the father helped the 7-year-old out of the parent’s bedroom window but the daughter apparently became scared and was hiding.
“He pushed the window open, pushed his 7-year-old son out of the window. He jumped out of the window was waiting for his wife to come out. She since collapsed, so he tried to go back in, and the smoke was just too heavy at that point,” said Hildenbrand.
Hildenbrand says when he got there, he saw no flames but heavy smoke coming from all the windows.
Firefighters were able to locate the girl and her mother inside the home.
Both were transported to a local hospital where they later died.
The father was admitted to a local hospital where he was being treated for his injuries.
Their son was treated and released.
“It’s a tragic event that everyone needs to not only have smoke alarms in their homes but have a plan if something happens, have a plan where you are going to meet if you have to evacuate the house and coming from different directions,” said Hildenbrand.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire marshal’s office and the Geauga County Fire Investigation unit.