Hill Street fire victim still in critical condition

BELPRE – A Hill Street fire sent a woman to the hospital Friday night.

Belpre Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Frank said the fire at 1624 Hill St. appeared to have started in the bathroom area around 9 p.m. The call came in to the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department at 8:41 p.m. Friday.

Belpre Police Chief E.D. Clevenger said Kimberly Harter, age unknown, was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus and was later flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where she was in critical condition Saturday, a hospital official reported.

Harter’s dog died in the fire, its body was found with her, Clevenger said.

“The smoke in the house was tremendous,” Clevenger added.

Clevenger, Frank and an officer with the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office were at the scene Saturday morning to continue work on the investigation.

“At this time we do not know what caused the fire or exactly where it began,” Clevenger said. “It seems to have started in the area of the bathroom of the home, which received the most damage.”

Clevenger said initial reports were that the smoke detectors in the home were not working, but they were.

“One was still going off when first responders forced entry into the home, the others had been exhausted and turned themselves off by that time,” he added.

Investigators will continue looking into the cause of the incident.