Firefighters rescue 12 pets from burning house in Franklin

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 6:10 PM

Franklin house fire

UPDATE @6:10 p.m.

Twelve pets, including 11 dogs and 1 bird, were rescued from a house on fire.

Fire crews said when they arrived on scene of the fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane Saturday afternoon, heavy smoke and flames were showing. All the residents were able to make it out safely, but they advised of the 12 pets trapped in the house. 

Crews initially said 10 pets were in the house.

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Fire crews said the pets were scared and didn’t want to be touched, which made rescuing them difficult. It took about 15 minutes to get the 12 pets out of the house, which are safe and weren’t injured, crews said.

The fire is believed to have started in a wall or on a deck. 

The American Red Cross is assisting the family. The home sustained an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 in damages.

No one was injured.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. 

Firefighters were able to rescue 10 pets from a burning home in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

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Officials said all 10 of the family’s pets were pulled to safety and were not injured after the fire broke out in a home in the 900 block of Turner Lane around 3:25 p.m. 

The residents and firefighters battling the blaze were also not injured. Crews initially reported possible injuries after a man was found on the porch of the home when emergency units first arrived. Those reports were later deemed unfounded, according to investigators. 

The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation, fire officials said.


Fire crews have responded to reports of a house fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house around 3:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate at least one person might have been injured. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Winter Weather Advisory issued: Accumulating snow, high winds expected

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the timing and totals.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Snow accumulates Tuesday night to Wednesday

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TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the entire region starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

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Temperatures will improve during the day by climbing to a high the low 40s with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. 

Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m.

Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result. 

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WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

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THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

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SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Residents displaced, units damaged after Fairfield apartment building fire

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:07 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Apartment building building destroyed by fire in Fairfield

UPDATE @ 9:53 a.m.: 

Investigators are now at the scene of an early morning fire trying to figure out where and why a fire destroyed at least one apartment unit.

Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive after being dispatched at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday after a resident smelled something burning and reportedly found a fire in a utility room.

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“We don’t have a cause at this time,” said Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner. “Fire investigators are on the scene now digging through the debris, so we don’t have a definitive cause at this time of what started it.”

Building 1450 appears to be close to a total loss, Wagner said, as the roof is completely off the building. 

Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive in Fairfield just after midnight Tuesday. A resident smelled something burning and reportedly found a fire in a utility room.(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

“The roof is burned away, and there’s about a foot of water (in building 1450),” Wagner said. “We immediately had to go a defensive position because it was through the roof when we go there.”

As a precaution, evacuated building 1452, shut the power was shut off at the building and removed the ceiling on the third floor to ensure the fire did not spread to that building. Wagner said the fire was contained to building 1450.

Wagner said the Red Cross had taken care of the displayed residence but did not know the exact number of residents living in the 24 total units in the two buildings. Colerain and Forest Park fire departments responded to mutual aid.

UPDATE @ 5:50 a.m: 

About 35 people were displaced and two dozen apartment units were damaged after a fire occurred at an apartment complex in Fairfield Tuesday morning, according to our partners at WCPO. 

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Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. after a resident smelled something burning and found a fire in the third floor utility room.

A total of 24 units were impacted, 12 as a result of the fire, and the other 12 due to utilities in the complex being shut off, according to the American Red Cross, who assisted the displaced residents. 

Fairfield firefighters worked to control the heavy fire for over 2 hours with assistance from Forest Park and Colerain Township Fire Departments. 


Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.

Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

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Winter storm: Freezing rain, sleet and snow taking aim at region

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

Spring may be about to arrive, but winter will not give up without a fight. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for all of the Miami Valley at 8pm Tuesday and continue through much of Wednesday. A wintry mix Tuesday will change to snow by evening and increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be likely, with isolated higher amounts.

Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. today, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region starting this morning.

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Precipitation is expected to develop early today across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.

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The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."

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But the wintry weather won't be over yet. 

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. tonight and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday today before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, Elwell said.

"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.

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This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in." 

Motorists should prepare for a slow morning commute Wednesday with improving conditions in the afternoon, he said.

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At least 1 in custody following crash, foot chase

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Man apprehended on Cherry Street

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m. 

At least one, possibly two, suspects have been taken into custody following a crash at the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton. 

Initial reports indicate at least two people fled from the scene after the crash, prompting a foot pursuit by deputies and officers. 

At least 2 vehicles have collided at the intersection of Hillcrest and Catalpa

One person is in the back of cruiser at the scene of the crash. A second person was reportedly taken into custody on Cherry Street, according to scanner traffic and our crew in the area. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

One man was taken into custody on Cherry Street in Dayton following a crash and foot chase. A second person was reported in custody at the scene of the crash on Catalpa and Hillcrest. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)


Police are searching the area of Hillcrest Avenue and Catalpa Drive in Dayton this morning after at least one person fled from a vehicle police were following, according to initial reports.

There is a crash in the area as well involving multiple vehicles.

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The incident was reported around 10 a.m.

We’re working to gather more information and will update this story as details emerge.

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