November 30, 2023


Cincinnati firefighters rescued 10 people trapped on the third floor of a burning apartment building in West Price Hill Saturday morning.

Cincinnati District 2 Fire Chief Michael Washington said no one was injured in the rescue, which was performed by ground, ladder and aerial approach. Washington did say that five adults and three children were displaced because of the fire.

Overall, 52 firefighters and 14 companies were able to rescue those inside the building and suppress the 2-alarm fire in 30 minutes after responding to the scene around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters remained on scene for two hours to work on hot spots.

“It is what we do. It goes with the job. It was an extraordinary effort and the guys did a bang-up job,” Washington said. “It is what they are trained to do. It is a good day when everyone can go home safe.”

Washington said that the cause of the fire in the 12-unit apartment building, located in the 3700 block of Westmont Drive, was unattended food left on the stove. The damage of the fire is currently estimated at $50,000. The building’s smoke detectors were operational.

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