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Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:03 PM
BETHEL TWP., CLARK COUNTY — An off-duty Springfield police officer who rescued a teenage boy from a house fire in Bethel Twp. Wednesday is dismissing hero claims and says he was simply at the right place at the right time.
“I was just lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time and happened to be paying attention,” said Officer Jason Bryon.
Byron made the initial 911 call when he saw black smoke and flames coming from the back of the Dogwood Road house.
“Honestly, anybody that’s in the public safety profession — EMTs, firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies — anybody else that would’ve saw those flames like I did would’ve done the exact same thing when presented with the same scenario,” he said.
However, he initially didn’t think anyone was home.
“There were no cars in the driveway,” Byron said. “I started pounding on the door [and] didn’t get an answer...I honestly thought somebody was at work.”
But in a bedroom was a sleeping teenager who was unaware of the fire.
Byron kicked in the door and announced himself as he made his way through the home.
“I don’t know if it was me kicking the the door or actually announcing myself, but at some point he woke up and came out kind of disoriented,” Byron said.
“I think I was just as surprised to see him come out as he was to see me.”
The boy didn’t even realize the house was on fire until they were outside in the driveway and could see flames.
“I think he was a little bewildered at first,” Byron said. “But when we got outside in the driveway and he could actually see the house I think he was totally shocked. He immediately pulled out a cell phone and started calling family members.”
While Byron has not met the teen’s parents, he said family members have reached out to him on social media and thanked him for his actions.
Byron added that a second man noticed the flames and entered the residence shortly after him.
“I don’t know where this other guy came from or who he was but...maybe he could’ve gotten to [the teen],” Byron said.
He also gave credit to the fire departments from Bethel Township and Wright-Patt battlefield for saving the home.
“I honestly thought the house would’ve been a total loss,” Byron said. “The back of the house was fully engulfed in flames. I was surprised that they saved it. They did a tremendous job because it’s still standing.”
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 3:05 AM
TODAY: Lots of clouds around this morning with a stray shower possible and temperatures rising out of the 60s. Some isolated areas of fog are also possible.
“The Miami Valley is still under the influence of a low pressure system to our south, so a few hit or miss showers are likely today, mainly in the afternoon”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.
It will be a cooler than normal afternoon in the upper 70s, but still quite muggy. Chance for showers diminish tonight, but clouds linger. Staying mild and muggy with lows in the middle 60s and the possibility of a few areas of patchy fog redeveloping.
TOMORROW: Tuesday will be very similar to Monday with mostly cloudy skies and the slight chance for a few passing showers, mainly in the afternoon. Highs for the day around 80 degrees and muggy.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies with the slight chance of a passing shower again, especially east. A few rumbles of thunder are also a possibility with any shower. Highs for the day reach into the lower 80s and still muggy.
THURSDAY: Sun and some clouds for the day, a bit warmer and muggy with highs in the middle 80s. An approaching cold front may bring a few showers or storms later in the day.
FRIDAY: Partly sunny and warm with lowering humidity. Highs peak around 80 degrees.
Published: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 5:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:38 AM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m: Fire crews battled flames from a house fire that occurred on Omard Drive early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital has officially closed
The incident was dispatched as a working fire in the 1400 block just before 5 a.m., per initial reports.
According to our crew, there is apparent damage to the structure that also exposed to a nearby home, causing damage to that structure as well.
We’ll continue to update this story with more details as they become available.
We are responding to a report of a house fire on Omard Drive in Xenia.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:16 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 11:03 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown police are warning residents about a group of teens pulling people over impersonating police officers.
Police made the public warning on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.
Police said four white teens are driving around Middletown in a blue or gray convertible that has a light on the dashboard as well as a loud speaker and air horn.