Mother, 10 Children Escape Cincinnati Fire

Aug. 11, 2008
Firefighters said the fire crept up the walls to the upstairs room where the children were.


A mother and her 10 children are homeless after a fire razes their home in Cincinnati's Bond Hill neighborhood.

"I don't care about the house but I got all my babies out," Gloria Allie said.

For a few frantic moments, Allie said she wasn't sure all of her children were able to escape.

"It was so scary, you just don't know how scary it was to not know whether or not I had my kids," Allie said.

The family was inside their home on Reading Road when the fire started at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Allie said that when she got up to check out what made a loud popping sound, the home was filled with smoke.

She said she snatched up one of her sons and ran out.

Firefighters said the fire crept up the walls to the upstairs room where either of Allie's children were. Allie went back inside, grabbed a fire extinguisher, and got her children out.

Neighbors said the kids escaped with only the clothes on their backs.

The home will likely have to be torn down, firefighters said.

In the meantime, Allie and her family are staying with relatives. Eight of Allie's children are adopted and two of them are foster children.

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