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Springfield house fire that trapped woman in basement listed as arson

Published: Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 2:03 AM

Fire crews are responding to the scene of a house fire in the 1400 block of Linden Avenue in Springfield.

A woman is in the hospital after being rescued from a burning house in the 1400 block of Linden Avenue in Springfield, according to Capt. Brian Wirth of the Springfield Fire Department. Springfield police reports list the fire as arson. 

Wirth said that police were patrolling in the area around 12:45 a.m. when they saw a house on fire and heard a woman screaming from the basement. 

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When fire crews arrived they found that the first floor of the house was fully involved in the fire, but were able to get the woman, identified in police reports as Rachel Adams, out of the basement. 

Medics took her to Springfield Regional Medical Center, though Wirth said that she was likely to be transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Springfield police officials later said that taking the woman to Miami Valley Hospital was a precaution, and her injuries were not serious. Officials added that they were unsure if the woman owned the house or if she was squatting in it. 

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Once the woman was rescued, the fire was knocked down pretty quickly, Wirth said, and added that the fire department would be handing over investigation of the fire to state fire marshals. 

The police report of the fire said that a trail of garbage was on fire outside the house leading inside.

News Center 7’s Kayla Courvell spoke to neighbors Valerie Robinson and Vimear Robinson, who described the scene after waking up to the fire across the street. 

Valerie said that she woke to a loud boom, and saw that her neighbor’s porch was on fire.

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She and Vimear both described police officers break out one of the windows and attempt to get the Adams to come out that, but she refused. Fire fighters later extracted her from the house.

When asked what was going on in her mind during this fire, Valerie replied, “That she was going to burn up in there.” She added, “When they brought that gurney, it just made me sick to my stomach” to think that they might carry a body out of the house. 

Valerie said that Rachel Adams was the daughter of the people who moved out recently, but said that she was “not well.” Valerie also said that Adams had threatened to set the house on fire to other neighbors, and asked neighbors to borrow a lighter.