Friday, March 19, 2004

Firefighters battle fires
at plant, empty house



By Travis Gettys
The Cincinnati Enquirer

fires
Covington Fire Department Lt. Rob Dreyer sprays water on the smoldering frame of a house at 305 E. 33rd St., Latonia, that was destroyed by fire. No one was home when the fire broke out; no one was injured.
(Patrick Reddy/The
Cincinnati Enquirer)
COVINGTON - Two separate fires - one of which reignited - in less than 12 hours kept firefighters busy early Thursday.

Sparks caused by a cutting torch Wednesday at Monarch Tool and Manufacturing Co. started a fire that smoldered for hours before erupting into flames shortly after 1 a.m., said Fire Chief Chuck Norris.

Firefighters contained the fire to the second floor of the building, at 105 E. Fourth St. An employee sleeping in a basement room was evacuated.

Hours later, fire flared again in a space between the roof and ceiling.

"Something got up there and was smoldering, and finally got enough air to reignite," Norris said. Workers were in the building when the second fire broke out during business hours. No one was injured, Norris said.

The company likely sustained damages "under $10,000," he said, because most of the company's equipment was not in the immediate area of the blaze.

Firefighters were called to 305 E. 33rd St. in Latonia just after 11 a.m. and found a single-family home in flames, Norris said.

"We were able to keep the fire from spreading to a building within a few feet of the house," he said.

No one was inside the home, which was "a total loss," Norris said.

Investigators were unable Thursday to determine a cause because part of the roof collapsed, preventing access to all areas of the ruined home, Norris said. No damage estimate was available for the house fire, Norris said.

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