4 adults, 5 children and pets escape Clark County chimney fire

Four adults, five children and four dogs escaped from a house fire that started in the chimney.

Bethel Twp. Assistant Fire Chief Chris Ludwick said the family lit a fire in the fireplace and that by the time a problem was discovered, the whole room was on fire.

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It was not clear whether the home had working smoke detectors.

The chimney had old masonry, and the fire took a while to get under control because of the way the house was constructed, he said.

Multiple fire crews were called in to assist.

There were no injuries, but medics help a woman who had been in the house for anxiety-related issues.


Crews were called tonight to a house fire at a home reportedly undergoing renovations.

The fire was reported around 9 p.m. in the 200 block of Kennedy Road in Bethel Twp.

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According to initial reports, there was heavy smoke showing when crews arrived and fire was spotted in back part of the home.

The family was able to make it out.

Crews from Bethel Twp., New Carlisle and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base responded.

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