Teenager saves sibling, cousins in Dayton apartment fire; She’s being called a hero

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 9:41 PM
Updated: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 10:09 PM

Teenager saves sibling, cousins in Dayton apartment fire; She’s being called a hero

UPDATE 8 p.m. (March 5): De'Errica Hines, realizing that the lives of her relatives were at stake, relied on faith -- as well as a cell phone and a shirt -- when she ran back inside a burning apartment complex on Briarwood Avenue last Thursday night.

The 15-year-old Summit Academy Transitional High School student put the cell phone to work as a flashlight, and used the shirt as a smoke shield, to rescue her 1-year-old sister and little cousins. Dayton fire investigators concluded the fire was an accident. The cause was electrical in nature, they said.

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District Chief David Wright said the origin of the fire appears to have been in a first-floor apartment and that smoke detectors activated as they should have.

De'Errica had been charged with looking out for the little ones because Mom was at work.

De'Errica Hines, her mother and the little sister she rescued talk about what the teenager did to rescue the young one and two cousins from a fire in the apartment complex where they lived. (Michael Burianek/Staff)

De'Errica and her family lost their belongings in the fire, but she is gaining much more these days because of how she responded during -- and after -- an emergency.

"She's a real life hero. Usually, these stories... you see there on movies," Summit Academy teacher Dustin Williams told News Center 7's Lauren Clark on Monday.

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De'Errica was in school the morning after the fire, seemingly not at all flustered and concerned only that she was wearing the shirt she had on the night of the fire. The clothing on her back was all that was left.

The straight-A student wanted desperately to go on the field trip, Williams said.

He said when he found out what she had experienced the night before, her attitude stunned him. De'Errica didn't seem to be dwelling on her immediate past. She was looking toward the future and what she could learn from the field trip.

This week, Summit Academy students are wearing ribbons as a sign that each of them has donated a dollar or more to support De’Errica and her family. Already, at least $150 has been collected.

Students at the Summit Academy Transitional High School are wearing ribbons to symbolize their efforts to raise money for classmate De'Errica Hines and family, who lost everything in a fire March 1, 2018. (Michael Burianek/Staff)

HOW TO HELP: Here’s the link to the school Facebook page, where there is a list of what the family needs and information about a fundraiser:  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SA.DaytonHighSchool/about/

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Man reportedly seen running naked on I-75

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:04 AM

A man reportedly running along the area of Interstate 75 without clothes was taken to a hospital in Middletown Saturday morning.

>>Car crashes into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center in Dayton 

Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatchers said they received a report of a man reportedly running southbound on the northbound side of I-75 south of the Austin Boulevard exit around 4:35 a.m. in Franklin Twp.

A scuffle with the man was reported before he was transported to Atrium Medical Center, according to OSP.

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Car crashes into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center in Dayton 

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:30 AM

Dayton police confirmed the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the side of a youth counseling center in the 3300 block of W. Third St. Saturday morning did not sustain any serious injuries.

UPDATE @ 5:30 a.m.:

Dayton police confirmed the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the side of a youth counseling center in the 3300 block of W. Third St. Saturday morning did not sustain any serious injuries.

The driver was traveling westbound when he lost control and jumped the curb, causing the vehicle to crash into Sunlight Village, a counseling and therapy center for young adults. The car then landed on its side after striking the building. No one was inside at the time of the accident.

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The property belongs to Robert Lyons and his wife Jmila, pastors of The Marketplace Movement church next door to the building.

Jmila said this is the second time a car has crashed into properties they own. About a week and a half ago, a car crashed through the brick wall displaying the sign in front of Marketplace Movement church, Jmila said. 

UPDATE @ 3:52 a.m:

A vehicle crashed into the side of a house in the 3300 block of W. 3rd St. Saturday morning. 

The car turned over on its side after crashing into the west side of the home.

An ambulance left the scene at approximately 3:40 a.m.

The driver’s identity and extent of injuries is unknown.

It is unknown if anyone was inside at the time of the accident.

Dayton police and fire crews on scene of a car accident into the side of Sunlight Village counseling center on 3320 West Third St. in Dayton.(JEFFREY BROWN / STAFF)

FIRST REPORT: 

We are hearing reports of a car crash in the 3300 block of W. 3rd St. with possible entrapment. 

According to Montgomery County dispatch, the 9-1-1- caller said the driver lost control and crashed through a house. 

Officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:05 a.m. 

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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Power restored along U.S. 35 in western Montgomery Co.

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

As of about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, power has been fully restored to customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, according to a DP&L worker who was on scene working on the outage.

UPDATE @ 2:36 a.m.:

Power has been fully restored to customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, according to a DP&L worker who was on scene working on the outage. 

The outage lasted for about 2 and a half hours and affected over 4,000 customers. 

It’s not known what caused the outage.

UPDATE @ 2:23 a.m.:

According to the DP&L outage map, the number of affected customers has dropped to 1,084. The estimated restoration time is 3 a.m.

UPDATE @ 12:35 a.m.:

The number of reported outages now stands at 2,101, according to the DP&L online outage map.

INITIAL REPORT

More than 4,000 Dayton Power & Light customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, are without power and we're working to find out why. 

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According to the DP&L outage map, the outage is affecting 4,013 in the area of the Voyager Village Trailer Park and the Snickers Bar & Restaurant, between North Lutheran Church and Diamond Mill roads. 

An email to our newsroom describes a "complete power outage, lots of emergency vehicles" near the trailer park and the bar/restaurant. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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Family of city commissioner to hold honorary street renaming

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM

The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, is holding an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

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The community is invited to the unveiling of Dean Lovelace Drive at Madden Hills Drive at 11 a.m. in Dayton.

A balloon release in memory of the late commissioner will also be held at the location.

Lovelace died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

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