Mother Killed, Baby Hurt in Columbus, Ohio Fire

A woman with multiple sclerosis died in an apartment fire that critically injured a daughter born three days earlier.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A woman with multiple sclerosis died in an apartment fire that critically injured a daughter born three days earlier, authorities said.

The woman's other three children, a 5-year-old girl and boys aged 15 and 18, escaped the blaze early Thursday, the day after the mother had brought her baby home from the hospital.

Tina Camp, 38, was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, fire spokeswoman Kelly McGuire said.

Four-day-old Ivy McDonald was in critical condition Friday at Children's Hospital, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Doctors told the family she'll recover.

Firefighters found Camp's body in a downstairs room of the two-story apartment, Battalion Chief Doug Smith said. The baby was in the same room, wrapped in blankets. The fire started in the first-floor living room.

Neighbors said Camp relied on her 15-year-old son, Lawrence McDonald, to help her walk and get medicine. Multiple sclerosis is a brain and spinal cord disease that causes coordination, speech and vision problems.

Neighbor Dwight Tolber said he was taking a walk when Lawrence ran to him, asking for help to rescue his mother and siblings.

Tolber said he caught Camp's 5-year-old daughter, Alexandra Hinson, when she jumped from a second-floor window. Alan Camp, the woman's 18-year-old son, said he pushed his sister out the window and then jumped.

The fire's cause hadn't been determined. It doesn't appear to be suspicious, McGuire said.

The fire was confined to the first floor of the apartment and caused an estimated $50,000 damage, McGuire said. No one was injured in the building's other apartments, she said.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch