Man, infant escape from apartment fire in Dayton

DAYTON — Firefighters helped a man and baby escape from an apartment fire in Dayton Saturday afternoon.

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Dayton firefighters were dispatched around 1 p.m. to the 3800 block of Lakebend Drive to reports of an apartment fire, according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.

The building was described as a six-unit home with the fire coming from a unit possibly located in the basement, according to dispatch notes.

News Center 7 spoke with a man Saturday night who said he saw smoke from the fire in his hallway and firefighters had to use a ladder to get his baby out of the apartment through a second-story window.

“I wake up and hear somebody outside screaming, ‘Get out, get out, get out,’” said Sherod Smith. “I’m like, let me look out the window. I go to the front door and look out the door but it’s pitch black. I can go out this way and there’s only one way out.”

Firefighters grabbed the child and then cleared the hallway of smoke.

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Initial scanner traffic indicated that at least one person may have been trapped in the unit where the fire was located, but dispatch notes did not confirm this.

We are working to learn if anyone was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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