MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — A woman has died and two children were injured after an overnight fire in Marion.

Just before 1am Thursday, firefighters were called to the 100 block of E. Fairground Street in Marion on the report of a fire in a residence. 

Fire Captain Wade Ralph said firefighters got reports that multiple people were still trapped inside the house. When they got there, that meant working quickly to find and rescue those people before attacking the flames.

“It is extremely risky for our firefighters to do this, but we knew that’s the primary task at hand […] to get in quickly, locate the stairs, go find the people, get them out of there and then we’ll put the fire out,” Ralph.

Firefighters pulled a 61-year-old woman from an upstairs hallway and a four-year-old boy from an upstairs room. The woman later died at Marion General Hospital, while the boy was flown to a Columbus hospital for treatment. A three-year-old girl and an adult man were also rescued from the porch. Captain Ralph said the girl was treated for smoke inhalation at Marion General.

According to firefighters, eight people were living in the house, which had no working smoke detectors.

“These guys, were dads [and] grandpas,” Ralph said. “And I talked to our guys before we came out here and they were all asking me, ‘How are the kids doing?’ So it’s going to hit these guys hard.”

The Ohio State Fire Marshal is helping with the investigation. The fire’s cause and origin is not yet clear, but the fire captain did say much of the fire and the damage appeared to be in the back of the house.