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Toddler critically injured in West Price Hill fire

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CINCINNATI -- A 1-year-old boy was critically injured and a dog was killed early Tuesday after flames tore through a West Price Hill home.

Officials say the fire happened at about 2 a.m. inside the home in the 900 block of Suire Avenue.

The toddler was taken to Children's Hospital with burns on more than 80 percent of his body. The child was later transferred to Shriners Hospital, where he remained stable but in critical condition Monday evening.

WCPO reporter Bryce Anslinger spoke with a doctor at Shriners about the difficulty in treating such a young person with severe burns.

"When you have a very young child, there is a very very fine line between stable and unstable," Dr. Richard Kagan, Chief of Staff. 

Kagan is helping to treat the boy, and is optimistic for recovery.

"I think his chances are better than they are not, but it's very difficult to put things into percentages and odds for parents," Kagan said.

The child's father pulled the boy from his crib, but not before the child was badly burned in the blaze. The father was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. The child's mother needed no medical attention.

"The first thing a child that age thinks of is 'where are the parents?'" Kagan said. "They don't have the ability to necessarily climb over the rails and escape a house."

Doctors will shift their focus to resuscitating the young boy, then he will have surgery to remove the damaged tissue so it can be replaced with skin grafts.

Kagan said that will take some time, considering the amount of skin damaged and the amount of skin available to replace it.

The fire was contained to the first floor of the multi-family house and officials said the flames caused $35,000 in damage.

Four adults and three children were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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