Mom, Dad and son escape Bulah Avenue house fire in Kettering

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 5:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 7:42 PM

Fire reported at Bulah Avenue house in Kettering

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m.: One of the residents who escaped the house fire on Bulah Avenue in Kettering said there were working smoke detectors in the house. 

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"I smelled the smoke," Erica Slezak said, countering the fire crew’s preliminary assessment that they believed there were no smoke detectors in the house.

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She, her husband and their 9-year-old son were able to escape with no serious injuries. 

The investigation into the cause of the house fire continues. 

There is one police cruiser still on scene, according to Kettering police and fire dispatch, which means traffic access to Bulah continues to be at least partially restricted at either end of the street -- at Brownleigh Road and Beaverton Drive.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.:

A mother, father and a child were able to escape the house fire on Bulah Avenue with no serious injuries, Kettering Fire Battalion Chief Brian Beaver said. 

"We kind of avoided a tragedy today," Beaver said, noting the victims apparently were awakened by the smoke and flames. There were no smoke detectors in the house, he said. 

The child, a male, was already out of the house before his parents were able to get out on their own, Beaver said. 

Crews arrived to find significant fire in the front of the one-story brick structure. Flames broke through the roof. 

Beaver said the cause is under investigation and it's too soon to estimate a dollar amount on the damage to the structure and contents.

Police have blocked traffic at both ends of Bulah Avenue, at Brownleigh Road and Beaverton Drive, until further notice.


A fire was reported at a Bulah Avenue house in Kettering Tuesday afternoon.

Dispatch confirmed a working structure fire at a home in the 3100 block of Bulah Avenue around 4:48 p.m.

We’ll continue to update this story as more information becomes available. 

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