Neighbor rescues resident from Xenia house fire; cause is under investigation, chief says

Neighbor rescues resident from Xenia house fire; cause is under investigation, chief says
A neighbor led a resident to safety from a house fire in Xenia on Monday night, the city fire chief said. (Noah Fickert/Staff)

XENIA — UPDATE @ 8:14 p.m.: A neighbor is being credited with rescuing a woman from a house fire that broke out Monday evening in her home in the 700 block of North Monroe Drive.

The woman had gone to the rear of the home, Xenia Fire Chief Kenneth Riggsby said. The neighbor broke out a front window to find her and lead her out of danger, the chief said.

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"It appears she's doing OK," the chief said of the woman, who was taken to a hospital. The neighbor was not injured.

Firefighters rescued a dog that was in the home also, the chief said.

Riggsby said the fire appears to have started in the living room area, according to the preliminary investigation. The house is not a total loss. An investigator was on scene Monday evening to establish the cause of the fire.

Crews from the townships of Xenia, Beavercreek and Cedarville assisted in handling the fire, Chief Riggsby said.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews have put out a Xenia house fire in the 700 block of North Monroe Drive.

Firefighters were called to the residence about 6:45 p.m. on a report of smoke and flames coming from the residence. They have since completed a first sweep of the home.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.