Fire forces 39 people out of their homes in West Chester

Posted at 12:12 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 00:26:48-04

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Fast-moving flames tore through four apartments in a West Chester complex Monday, forcing 39 tenants out of their homes and sending three to the hospital with minor injuries.

Wind rapidly spread the fire that started on the second floor of Meadow Ridge Apartments throughout the complex; workers Monday night were busy boarding up windows and patching the roof while occupants boarded with friends or the American Red Cross.

"We didn't even know how it happened," said 11-year-old Brighton Odai, who said he had seen a third-floor tenant jump from her window to escape the fire.



Patricia Vargas said her family lost everything in the fire. Her son Brian Montiel translated from Spanish on her behalf when she spoke to WCPO.

"She said that she got out of the apartment and then saw fire on top of the roof," Montiel said. "(She's wondering about) a lot of things, like what's going to happen? What's she going to do?"

West Chester Fire Chief Rick Prinz said the cause of the fire was under investigation. The three people injured in the fire had suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns, but were expected to recover.