Mother killed in Thanksgiving fire, father and daughter taken to hospital

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By Anna Azallion and Blake Bowers of WCPO

A woman was killed and her husband and daughter were rushed to the hospital from a house fire in Newport Thursday night.

Newport firefighters said the man and his daughter were transported by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Both were in critical condition with some burn injuries.

The fire started shortly before 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Overton Street. Firefighters from seven different departments responded to the blaze, which happened on Thanksgiving night.

The fire was extinguished within 9 minutes, but the scene was still very busy in the hours following. A tweet from the City of Newport said the fire department is investigating, and more information will be released when appropriate.

The Newport Fire Chief said the bulk of the fire was on the first floor and that there was some fire damage. There was also more extensive smoke damage throughout the home, he said.

Neighbors said they were surprised when they found the fire trucks responding to the fire.

John Vicory has lived in this neighborhood for four years and said this family has had some health challenges.

“We saw the flashing lights and I thought, ‘oh lord, the life squad’s here again, on Thanksgiving, how terrible,'” he said.

When he walked outside, he saw this wasn’t just paramedics outside the house. There were fire trucks too.

“It’s a shame on Thanksgiving and makes you thankful that you’re safe and secure,” Vicory said.

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