A 15-year-old Reynoldsburg boy is in critical condition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after he was critically injured in a fire at a townhouse Sunday evening, Dec. 9.
Assistant Fire Chief Andy Weber said Truro Township Fire Department crews were dispatched at 7 p.m. to an apartment fire at 6585 E. Livingston Ave., where a woman told them her son was trapped on the second floor.
“Multiple crews entered the building, extinguishing a kitchen fire in the first-floor rear, while simultaneously searching for the trapped teenager,” Weber said.
The boy was found in a second-story bedroom at 7:07 p.m., Weber said. Firefighters got him outside, where paramedics immediately began CPR and managed to revive him before transporting him to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Weber said the fire was under control within 20 minutes, however, crews remained on the scene for two hours to finish extinguishing any hot spots and to search for a cause.
He said fire damage was contained to one apartment, but three other units in the building sustained smoke damage.
“The fire was determined to be accidental,” Weber said. “There were no working smoke detectors in the apartment.”
Crews from Violet Township, Columbus, West Licking, Jefferson Township and the State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted at the scene.
Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent Melvin Brown posted on Twitter Dec. 10 that the boy is a Reynoldsburg student.
“We are extending our thoughts and prayers to one of our (Reynoldsburg students) who is in critical condition after a home fire last night,” Brown wrote. “We pray for a complete recovery and are here to assist the family.
“Please know that we cannot share any details until we have family consent,” he wrote in the tweet.