District Chief Raffel Prophett reported a One-Alarm structure fire that occurred in the community of Clifton in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 11, 2014, at approximately 1:00pm. The Cincinnati Emergency Communications Center received the call from a worker, at the same location, stating the roof was on fire.
Initial arriving Fire Crews reported heavy fire and smoke conditions presenting from the roof area of the two stories, with attic, dwelling. Fire Crews initially fought the fire interiorly, but due to heavy fire conditions fought the fire from the outside. After the bulk of the fire was knocked down, fire crews re-entered the structure and extinguished the remaining fire. It took crews about 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. However, crews remained on the scene for an additional 45 minutes extinguishing hot spot, and conducting overhaul operations.
The Cincinnati Building Department also responded, as requested, to determine the structural integrity of the structure. There was one civilian injury; however, the patient refused transportation to the hospital. There were no reported injuries to firefighter, and damages are estimated at $25,000.00. The cause of the fire has been determined to be the use of an open flame torch to remove paint from the building’s surfaces.
For further information please contact District Three Fire Chief, Marc Monahan at: (513)352-2333.