LIMA — Two young children were hospitalized Monday morning for treatment of what a spokesman for the Lima Fire Department spokesman termed serious burn injuries and smoke inhalation following an early-morning blaze. The conditions and exact whereabouts of the burn victims were unknown Monday afternoon.
Lima Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Kirkendall said firefighters were dispatched at 4:53 a.m. Monday to 625 W. Elm St. in response to the report of a residential fire. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the first floor of the home engulfed in flames, with two children trapped on the roof of the structure and one child unaccounted for. Lima police officers assisted firemen in removing the two youths from the roof while firefighters went inside the home and located the missing child, according to Kirkendall.
Landyn Douglas, age 6, was found trapped inside the home and was rescued by firefighters and was taken to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment. Two-year-old Layne Robinson was also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the fire. Erica Blake, public information officer for Mercy Health, on Monday afternoon said the two young boys had been transferred out of the Lima facility. She could not provide the location to which the boys were taken.
A spokesman for the Lima Fire Department said he believed the youths were transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. A woman at Children’s Hospital on Monday afternoon said there was no record of the two boys being patients at the site, but noted that paperwork surrounding their admission may have been incomplete at that time.
Five other young children in the home alone at the time of the Monday morning fire suffered either minor injuries or were not injured at all. No adult was at home at the time of the blaze, with a 14-year-old being the oldest occupant of the structure, according to a fire department spokesman. Names were not immediately available for the uninjured occupants of the home.
Two firefighters also suffered injuries while battling the blaze. Kirkendall said Mathew Hammons was transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Firefighter George Davis suffered minor injuries but was not transported.
Damage to the home, owned by Susanne King, was estimated at $30,000. Kirkendall said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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