Woman critically hurt in Wednesday's Middletown apartment fire dies

2 women, child at home when fire broke out

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – The woman critically injured in a Middletown apartment fire Wednesday has died.

Melissa Cheeseman, 32, died Friday after receiving burns to more than 30 percent of her body, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Cheeseman became trapped in a second floor apartment in the 2300 block of South Sutphin Street at about 6:30 a.m. on April 9 when the fire broke out.

Two other people in the residence with Cheeseman, Kelli McNutt, 24, and Riley McNutt, 5, were able to escape.

Cheeseman called 911 and was on the phone with dispatchers when firefighters entered the complex to rescue her.

"Dispatch was on the phone with one of the occupants who was trapped," Middletown Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul Lolli told the Journal-News. "When we got on the scene there was heavy smoke; heavy fire."

Emergency medical technicians transported Cheeseman to Atrium Hospital before transporting her to another hospital via medical helicopter.

The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating what caused the blaze.

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