As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer I have become familiar with injury and death from fire and smoke inhalation. I woke this morning to see that a two year old had died in a fire in Westwood, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was hard to tell from the news story in the Cincinnati Enquirer just what had happened. The cause and origin of the fire was unknown. More significantly not one word was mentioned about smoke detectors. The name of the landlord was not disclosed. From familiarity with other fires I know just how important smoke detectors are. The public in the main is unaware that there are two types : photoelectric and ionic. The photoelectric has been praised by many as the one that will save lives. As this was an apartment building, the City of Cincinnati ordinance puts resposibilities on the tenant and the landlord. The landlord needs to have working smoke detector(s) and the teneant needs to check the battery. There are so many issues in fire cases that there is no way I can cover them all in this article. Just know that there are two types of smoke detectors and consider getting a photoelectric as these in most cases will provide adequate early warning while the ionic may not even go off. Maybe the child death could have been prevented. Hopefully the Cincinnati fire department will do a thorough investigation and NOT release the smoke detectors to the insurance company.