A fire that sent two people to the hospital after their house caught fire late this afternoon on the city’s west side is under investigation. One of the victims is in critical condition. Six family members are displaced because of the fire.
Fire dispatchers received several calls at 4:13 p.m. that a house was on fire at 5208 Cory Place (Jones/Charleston). On arrival light smoke was coming out the front door of a two-story wood frame/stucco house. A grandmother was also standing in the door exiting the house; it appeared she was having difficulty walking. She was put into a Fire & Rescue ambulance and transported to UMC Trauma for smoke inhalation. Soot was also visible around her mouth and nose. It appeared she had breathed in superheated air which was making it increasingly more difficult for her to breath. This is considered critical.
At the same time firefighters were conducting a search for victims inside the house and discovered a teenager in one of the bedrooms. The teen was also transported by LVFR ambulance to UMC Trauma for smoke inhalation.
The fire was confined to an enclosed patio room on the rear of the house. Only contents burned, creating a thick, extremely hot, black smoke in the one room. The rest of the house had a light smoke odor. Damage was estimated at $3000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. It does not appear to be intentionally set. Fire investigators want to talk to the only two people that were in the house at the time of the fire to see if they know what happened, but because they are receiving medical treatment, an interview could not be conducted.
Six family members live in the house and will be temporarily displaced while their house is repaired.