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2 injured in Middletown house fire still in critical condition, no cause released

Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 5:01 PM


            Two people were critically injured in this Middletown house fire Saturday morning in the 1800 block of Carroll Avenue. Middletown fire officials have not released a cause of the fire. RICK McCRABB/STAFF
Two people were critically injured in this Middletown house fire Saturday morning in the 1800 block of Carroll Avenue. Middletown fire officials have not released a cause of the fire. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

The two people injured Saturday morning in a Middletown house fire remain in critical condition today at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

John Mobley and Erin Baker were injured, while three other residents escaped unharmed, according to Deputy Chief Jeff Spaulding.

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The cause of the fire that severely damaged the house on Carroll Avenue remains under investigation, according to Middletown Fire Department officials. The cause is expected to be released Tuesday, they said.

Spaulding said the fire doesn’t appear to be “criminal nature.”

He said when firefighters arrived at 2 a.m., flames were evident on the first floor and were shooting out the exterior. He believes the fire started in a back bedroom on the first floor.

He said at least one smoke detector was working in the house and it alerted the residents.

Firefighters were on the scene for about five hours and Middletown received mutual aid from Franklin, Monroe and Liberty Twp. firefighters and Franklin EMS.