Officials: No smoke detectors in Ohio deadly home fire

Published: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 9:42 AM

No smoke detectors were found in an Ohio house where a fire killed two adults and two young girls in Akron, officials said as an investigation continued into what started the deadly blaze.

The early Saturday fire killed a man and a woman and two girls, ages 8 and 9. A 12-year-old girl was rescued and a woman escaped by jumping from an attic window in the three-story house.

Media reports said the girls were the daughters of the couple that died. Cleveland.com reported that the 12-year-old was the deceased woman's daughter. Authorities haven't identified the victims.

Neighbors told the Akron Beacon Journal that nearby security cameras showed smoke coming from the house around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly an hour before the fire was reported.

Investigators say the blaze appeared to start on the first floor.

The Rev. Zach Prosser, pastor at Celebration Church that the victims attended, called them "a great family." A vigil was scheduled at the church Sunday evening.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James announced on Twitter that the girls who died were members of his foundation's educational program. The program focuses of getting Akron schoolchildren to graduate from high school and go on to college.

"Unbelievably saddened to hear the news. My heart hurts," the Akron native wrote.

The girls attended Akron City Schools, and the district said counselors would be available this week.

Clarence Tucker, sworn in as Akron's new fire chief just two days earlier, has said he wants to make sure every home in the city has smoke detectors, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The fire department has worked with the American Red Cross for several years to provide smoke detectors to people who can't afford them, fire department spokesman Mike Brooks told the paper.

‘Miracle baby’ takes first steps after surviving double-fatal crash

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

'Miracle baby' survives double-fatal crash

A 14-month-old, the lone survivor of a crash that killed two family members, escaped the wreckage with only a few scrapes.

The baby, Harlyn, was in her car seat when a pickup truck went off State Route 380, flipped, and slammed into a tree on a local campground. Her grandfather, 49-year-old Carl Perry and great grandmother, 73-year-old Linda Davis, were killed.

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Not only did Harlyn escape with only a few scratches, her family said after getting home from the hospital Saturday night, she walked for the first time.

“Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel,” said Trey Culp, Harlyn’s father.

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Lynn Perry, whose husband and mother were killed in the crash, said Harlyn is a “miracle baby.”

The family is now seeking answers after two members of their family were killed.

“They were both great people and they shouldn’t have been taken out of the world like this,” Kia Coates said.

Clouds and more snow expected over coming days

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Cool temperatures and snow are expected this week in the Dayton area.

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will fall into the 20s.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds return tonight
  • Chance for snow returns this week
  • Low temperatures remain

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Overnight: Clouds build in overnight, which will be cold with lows in the lower to middle 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle to upper 30s. There is the chance for a passing light rain shower in the afternoon, but most look to stay dry with a better chance for snow coming overnight into Tuesday. 

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Tuesday Lake-effect snow showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

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Wednesday: A few flurries are possible. It's also going to be a cold day, with morning temperatures in the middle teens. Highs will only be in the middle to upper 20s. 

Thursday: The chance for more snow returns with highs in the middle 30s.

Friday: A few flurries are possible with highs in the lower 30s.

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Crews extricate driver after car crashes into tree

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

RAW VIDEO: Car into pole

A driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries after crashing into a pole.

A car crashed into a pole around 8:50 p.m. at the intersection of Guenther Road and Hoover Avenue. 

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The driver, the single occupant, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries after being extricated, police said.

It’s unknown what caused the driver to lose control.

Car crashes, strikes home in Dayton; driver flees

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

Car on its top Video

UPDATE @9:42 p.m.

A woman said she was inside her home watching television with her family when they heard tires squealing and a crash.

A car struck the house in the 800 block of Osmond Drive around 8:50 p.m.

No one in the house was injured. 

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Crews are investigating a rollover crash in Dayton.

The crash was reported around 8:50 p.m. in the 800 block of Osmond Avenue. The car came to a rest on its top next to a house.

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It’s unknown if anyone was injured.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.