COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Two people are dead after a house fire in the Franklinton neighborhood.
Firefighters were sent to the initial block of Brehl Avenue around 11:15 a.m. Monday on a report of a fire. The duplex was already fully involved.
Dozens of firefighters and emergency responders were on scene. The neighborhood along Brehl Ave was closely built.
“I was worried that both doubles might catch fire with them being so close,” says Patricia Trent.
She looked on as the home next to her mother’s house smoldered. She knew at least one of the victims.
“She was a good woman,” she says.
Seven people lived on one side of the duplex; only five made it out alive. A man and woman, both in their 60s, passed away. A little girl was taken to Children’s Hospital with second degrees burns to her hands.
Meanwhile, fire crews had to fight not only the flames, but single-digit temperatures too. They had to rotate in to stay warm and use salt to keep water and ice from being a hazard.
“It’s pretty difficult,” says Capt. Tracy Lewis. “As a firefighter it’s just the business at hand and they just go in and do what they do.”
Trent was just worried about the folks who used to live there.
“These are good people. It’s a family,” she says.
The couple who lived in the other duplex also made it out.
The names of the two people who passed away have not been identified. The cause of the fire has not been determined.