3 taken to hospital after 2-alarm high-rise fire in Kettering

DAYTON — Three people were taken to the hospital after a fire in Kettering Friday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m. Kettering police and fire were called to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of South Patterson Boulevard to reports of heavy smoke showing, from a unit on the 12th floor, according to initial reports.

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Three people were taken to the hospital from the scene, according to Kettering Fire Chief Mitch Robbins.

Two people sustained injuries while evacuation and another was a resident in the unit where the fire took place.

Information about their injuries or current conditions was unavailable.

There were no working elevators in the building so firefighters had to carry equipment by hand, Robbins said.

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This prompted assistance from Dayton, Miami Valley, Moraine, and Washington Township fire departments.

“It’s just kind of startling to see the fire in your home,” Greg Smith who has lived in the building for three years said.

This is the first time he has seen a fire there.

“We had plenty of firefighters, they even brought the fire truck, put the ladder up to the sixth floor in case it needed it. And they just want to make sure everybody’s okay. When you have this many people in a building and there’s a fire break out, it kind of sends an urgent message to the fire department,” he said.

Robbins said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

We are working to learn more and will update as new information becomes available.

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