DAYTON — A mother and her infant son who died in a Dayton fire early Thursday morning have been identified.
The victims were identified as Charonda Childs, 23, and Cassius Childs-Hunt, 7 months, according to family members and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
The Montgomery County Coroner said Thursday ChaRonda Childs, 23, and her son Cassius Childs-Hunt both died in a house fire on the corner of S. Paul Laurence Dunbar Street and Tampa Avenue around 3 a.m. Thursday.
Neighbors told firefighters people were living in the home and crews went into rescue mode to find anyone inside.
Firefighters found a Childs and her 7-month-old son. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, while the child was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. Fire officials say both died as a result of injuries sustained in the fire.
Fire officials say a third person was living at the house, but was not home at the time of the fire. Authorities are working to contact that person.
Director Chief Jeffrey Payne of the Dayton Fire Department says the cause of the fire is undetermined.
Around 2:42 pm, Darke County deputies, as well as Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier inspector, and CareFlight responded to reports of a crash at the intersection of US-127 and SR-121.
Dr. Zach Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, talked details with 2 NEWS on Thursday.
“I dont know if we even have come to terms with it. Its devastating… Its hard to look at her pictures. Its hard to even acknowledge that it even happened.”
One of the 16 crew members is Gene Thomas, a firefighter for the City of Fairborn, and a water rescue specialist for this mission.