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2 dead after massive Springfield Twp. fire

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WTOL) - Two people have died in an overnight blaze in Springfield Township.

The fire broke out at Hidden Cedars Condominiums in Springfield Township just before 11 p.m. Sunday. Fire crews say the building did have working smoke detectors but no sprinkler system. Crews and investigators are still trying to determine the cause, but the fire chief says the cause of the fire is suspicious because the fire spread so quickly.

The complex is located on Garden Road near Interstate 475.

Officials have not released the names of the two victims, and say dental records will be required to identify the bodies. Family member believe the victims are Olandia Keith Dixon, 58, and Robert McGhee, 61.


Two people have been injured. Kenya McGee was injured jumping out of a third-story window. McGee was transported to the University of Toledo Medical Center. One other person was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.

Animal deaths

It is confirmed by the Springfield Fire Department that at least two dogs died in the blaze.


All roads are back open in the area.

Displaced families

It is Building G of the complex that caught fire. It has 24 units, 17 of which were occupied. The Red Cross is on scene and says they are helping 30 adults and children. The Springfield Township Fire Chief estimates the fire caused about $1 million in damage.

Previous fires

This is the fifth fire at the condominium complex in the past 12 years. In October of 2009, fire destroyed one building and caused more than $2 million worth of damage.

In 2006, three people were hurt in a fire blamed on faulty electrical appliances inside one unit.

Six teens were charged with arson in a 2003 fire.

Back in early July of 2000, a fire started in Building K at the complex. More than 20 units were destroyed.


Anyone who would like to help is asked to make donations to the American Red Cross.

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