Friday, August 18, 2000

Fire guts townhouse, puts out 12

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A two-alarm fire caused $100,000 damage to a two-story townhouse in Bond Hill Thursday morning, displacing four adults and eight children.

[photo] Firefighters look for hot spots left by a two-alarm fire that gutted a townhouse in Bond Hill.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Cincinnati Fire District Three Fire Chief Paul Weber said the fire started about 7:53 a.m. in the 5900 block of Rhode Island Avenue.

        A resident, Julia Cain, 41, was treated at the scene for burns to the hand. No one else was injured.

        Ms. Cain told firefighters she smelled smoke early Thursday morning, called the fire department and went upstairs to alert the other residents.

        District 4 Fire Chief Keith Burkert said the fire started on the first floor when a 4-year-old was playing with a lighter in a kitchen closet.

        The fire consumed the entire unit.

        Chief Burkert said 45 firefighters fought the blaze about four hours.

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