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First responder radio transmissions from deadly fire released

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

The first responder radio transmissions from a deadly fire in Lancaster early Monday morning have been released.

The most shocking transmission is a "mayday" call to help injured firefighter Lt. Andre Kelley.

"Mayday, mayday, mayday Lieutenant Kelley down on the second floor!" someone shouted over the radio.

Seconds later came an order to find and rescue Kelley.

"Engine two get inside, get Lieutenant Kelley," the transmission said.

"Bring your crew up here. Let's initiate a search for a down firefighter, second or third floor," another transmission said.

Kelley was seriously injured while battling the blaze. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital and then flown to Crozer-Chester Medical Center near Philadelphia for treatment of second-degree burns. He was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday night.

Two other firefighters, Craig Robertson and Tom Bender, were released from a hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters found the bodies of a woman and a six-year-old girl after the four-alarm fire early Monday in the Lancaster row home.

Four people were in the home in the 200 block of East Madison Street when the fire started at around 4:30 a.m.

Two of them, a man and a 13-year-old boy, safely escaped.

Investigators said the names of the victims would be released Tuesday. The Lancaster County Coroner said autopsies will likely be preformed on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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