2 locals injured in UC house fire

Published: Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

Two local people continue to fight for their lives after they were injured in a Cincinnati house fire on New Year’s Day.

Ellen Garner, 20, a 2010 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, and Chad Kohls, 21, a 2009 Centerville graduate, were both at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition late Thursday. Both are University of Cincinnati students.

The fire, ruled accidental, was caused by a space heater placed too close to bedding, according to Cincinnati Fire Investigation Unit Capt. Dan Rottmueller. The fire occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on Jan. 1 at 2824 Digby Ave., a rental property located in University Heights.

Tipp City School Board member Kate Johnsen said that her daughter Becca graduated with Garner and was in her hospital room on Wednesday.

Johnsen, who said she once administered an aerobic ministry program with Garner’s mother, described Garner as “a very talented woman,” “very vivacious” and “a great kid.”

Garner majors in design. Johnsen said Garner was into costuming when she was in high school, making costumes for many of the school plays and musicals.

Garner had just finished an internship in New York City last year, where she worked at Garan Inc., as a design intern for the infant/toddler girls Garanimals division, according to her linkedin profile.

Efforts to reach people who know Kohls were unsuccessful.

On Thursday, a Facebook page was created titled “Pray for Chad.” One update noted that his mother had said that Kohls had been in stable condition through the night

“No complications,” the update said. “His eyes opened a bit but is still sedated. His friend is not doing well, with seizures. Please pray for both. It is a critical time period.”

Johnsen said that Garner suffered no burns, but smoke inhalation, and was suffering brain seizures. Another facebook update stated Garner was in a medically induced coma.

The fire started in a second-room bedroom, and there was at least one person asleep in that room at the time the fire started. But Kohls and Garner were rescued from the third floor of the three-story house. Others inside managed to get out before firefighters arrived.

At least one other victim was taken to a hospital and treated and released.

There were 10 people in the house at the time of the blaze, and all were believed to have been asleep when the fire occurred, Rottmueller said. Some of the people inside the house were residents and some were friends of the residents.

The fire was contained to one room. The estimated damage cost is approximately $20,000.

Pray for Ellen Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/events/458494964198803/?ref=22

Pray for Chad Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/Prayforchad

Police search for suspects in reported armed robbery 

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 10:12 PM

Police are currently looking for two suspects after a reported armed robbery at Rich’s gas station on Salem Avenue, according to dispatchers.

Initial reports indicated the two suspects were wearing hoodies. 

There was no report of shots fired. 

It is unknown if anyone was injured.

The report was made around 9:40 p.m. 

We are working to learn multiple details about this developing story.

Vacant home destroyed after it explodes in Dayton 

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:19 PM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

Dayton fire video

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m: A vacant home in Dayton is destroyed after being the latest case of an explosion that occurred Sunday afternoon. 

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Crews responded to the 160 block of Bluecrest Avenue after receiving calls that a house was on fire around 1:30 p.m. While en route, responders were also told that neighbors  described hearing multiple explosions.

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The home’s front windows, in addition to stones on the front the house, were all blown off during the explosion. In total, firefighters estimate the damage to be about $45,000. 

No one was hurt as a result of the explosion, even though neighbors told our crew that they reported seeing a homeless person potentially living there.

“The home is vacant, and utilities were shut off months ago” said Tim Rose, District Fire Chief.

Investigators are still working to find out what caused the explosion.


Fire crews have been on scene of a working house fire in the 100 block of Bluecrest Avenue. 

Initial reports indicate there was an explosion. 

Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose told WHIO-TV that fire crews received a call at about 1:30 p.m. that a house was on fire. En route, responders were told witnesses heard an explosion.

“The house appears to have had explosions,” Rose said. “The front windows were blown out.”

He said investigators are looking into the situation. 

Police find no evidence of break-in at Fairfield Commons

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 4:06 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

(Joey Bryant/Staff)
(Joey Bryant/Staff)

UPDATE @ 9:30 a.m.

Police found no evidence of a break-in after a glass door shattered at The Fairfield Commons Mall early Sunday.

According to dispatchers, the glass was unstable and may have broken on its own. The glass was part of the door to Finish Line shoe store. 

Despite earlier reports, police found no evidence of a break-in.


Police are on the scene of a report of breaking and entering at 2727 Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. 

Construction crews working at a Chick-fil-A said they witnessed broken glass at the front door of the Finish Line shoe store. 

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Mall security did not give any details to our crews on the scene. 

We are working to learn multiple details about this story. 

One taken to hospital after accident on Salem Ave.

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 2:46 AM

(Joey Bryant/Staff)
(Joey Bryant/Staff)

One person has been taken to a hospital after an accident at 5360 Salem Ave. in Trotwood.

Police said that the driver was rear-ended by a second vehicle at the intersection. 

According to our crews on the scene, the driver of the vehicle that was struck was transported to a hospital. The driver suffered minor injuries.

The second car that struck the driver will be cited with failure to stop.