Trotwood woman calls 911, tries to enter house fire thinking family is inside

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TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – A family is without a home following a morning fire that broke out in the 5200 block of Rucks Road, and a 911 call tells of nearby family member who attempted to run inside, thinking someone was in the burning building.

Lisa Wertz called dispatch a little after 10 a.m., when she saw flames and smoke coming from her sister’s house, just a few houses down.

Wertz told 2 NEWS off camera that she rushed around back and kicked open the door, but the room was engulfed in flames. Then she went around to the front and used a pole to shatter a window, all while on the phone with 911.

Dispatch told her not to attempt to go into the burning home, but she said she believed her niece was inside.

Wertz quickly called her sister, and found out her niece had gone to work with her mother that day.

When fire crews arrived shortly after, they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house on Rucks Road.

“There’s about 20-thousand-dollars worth of damage to the home, and upon our arrival there was no working smoke detector that we noticed,” said Trotwood Fire Chief, Rick Haacke.

Haacke initially said two dogs were inside when the fire broke out. They got one dog out but searched for the second who had run away.

That dog finally returned to the family about 12:30 Friday afternoon.

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