DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — A senior at Delaware’s Rutherford Hayes High School died in a house fire early this morning.
911 calls poured in at 2:28 a.m. reporting flames shooting out of the windows of a High Street home, with teen trapped in the upstairs bedroom.
NBC4 is not naming the girl or her family.
Callers to 911 said she was hanging out of the window screaming for help.
Family of the teenager tell NBC4 her father jumped out of the window of the burning home, and with a neighbor’s help tried to get the teen out, but flames and heat were just too intense.
“The window where she was located and reported screaming from, we had fire coming out that window,” said Delaware city Fire chief John Donahue. He said crews attacked the fire, while others put a ladder up to the second floor trying to rescue the teen. He said her injuries were fatal.
Deb Braglin lives across the street and said she was jolted out of a deep sleep.
“The only reason we heard anything was the dogs were barking and wouldn’t shut up until we got up,” she said. But what greeted her at the front door was shocking.
“I opened the door and seen the house was on fire, ”Braglin said.
She along with several neighbors called 911.
“I have grandchildren, I cannot imagine what the family is going through and I wouldn’t want to,” she said.
Delaware school Superintendent Paul Craft said counselors are working with students and teachers, calling what happened, “just heartbreaking.”
The teen’s family said she was a straight A student, who worked two jobs and was preparing for college. Her aunt called her “a real sweetheart.” Delaware fire and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office are still trying to determine what caused the fire.