Good evening, this is District 3 Fire Chief Gary Scott, Cincinnati Fire
Division, reporting on a multiple car accident which occurred on 2/12/99 at
10:44 PM on Eastbound I-74 to Southbound I-75.
This accident was due to plummeting temperatures mixed with wet pavement.
The end result was an ice covered overpass.


Varying degrees of vehicle damage were present at this incident. There were
approximately 12 vehicles involved. There were only 3 passengers needing
hospital transport. One male victim was transported with serious injuries
and the other victims were transported complaining of neck and back pain.
All were transported to University Hospital.


The eastbound I-74 connecting overpass to I-75 was shutdown by police. The
Ohio Department of Transportation responded and initiated the clearing of
the icy road conditions. There were 2 engines, 1 truck, 2 EMT ambulances,
1 paramedic unit, the paramedic coordinator, and District 3 used at the
scene. Fire personnel remained on the scene for approximately one hour.


For any additional information, contact District 3 Fire Chief Gary Scott at
352-2333.


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Good afternoon, this is Cincinnati Fire District 3 Chief Gary Scott
reporting on an incident involving several small children which were seen
entering a large drain pipe. This took place on 2/12/99 at approximately
11:15 AM at 4900 Este Ave. located in the Winton Terrace neighborhood.


The drain pipe where the children were seen entering was approximately 8 to
12 foot in diameter. The pipe is used as a catch
basin for ground water run-off and directed its flow into a Mill Creek
tributary and is about 1/4 mile long.


A steady flow of cold, murky water in the pipe's base raced through and
exited into a main tributary. An eye witness who saw the children enter
the pipe instructed them to exit in a loud voice. The children scattered,
3 running away from the scene and an
undetermined number ran deeper into the large drain pipe. The witness then
called 911.


The Cincinnati Fire Division and Police Division along with the St. Bernard
Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Shortly
after arrival, authorities located 3 children, all male juveniles, that
were scene running away from the drain pipe. The 3 children unanimously
confirmed that there were 2 additional male juveniles
that were in the original group in the drain pipe. These 2 juveniles were
also found a short distance from the pipeline.


All 5 children were transported to the hospital for further evaluation
relating to hypothermia. A physical search of the pipeline was conducted.
This confirmed the pipeline to be all clear. Police and Fire personnel
remained on the scene for approximately one hour.


For any additional information, contact District 3 Fire Chief Gary Scott at
352-2333.


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February, 12, 1999


Gina Ruffin Moore, 352-5328
Mike Kroeger, 352-2361


CINCINNATI FIRE DIVISION ON "NOVA", PBS-TV


Cincinnati - On Tuesday, February 16, 1999, the popular PBS program NOVA
will feature firefighters from the Cincinnati Fire Division as they handle
a fire emergency. "ESCAPE! Because Accidents Happen," will be televised
locally at 8 p.m. on WCET-TV Channel 48 (PBS). The PBS crew filmed the
segment in Cincinnati two years ago.


In "Escape," NOVA discovers how engineers draw on the experience of
accidents and disasters to redesign or invent new
safety features so that when history repeats itself, it does so with less
tragic consequences. The program will also examine the
history of turnout gear, helmets, respiratory protection and thermal imaging.


The Cincinnati Fire Division was established as a professional, paid fire
department in 1853. The Division is the first paid fire department in the
United States and the first in the world to use steam fire engines.


More information on the program can be found at: www.pbs.org/nova/escape.


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This is Captain Dan Rottmueller of the
Cincinnati Fire Division's Fire Investigation Unit. the date is Tuesday
Feb.9,1999, the time is 4:30 PM.


This is a follow up report on a one alarm fire which occurred on 2-6-99 and
caused
$15,000.00 damage to a structure at 4099 Victory Parkway.


The investigation reveals the cause to be careless use
of smoking material. The occupant, Robert L. Riley, 68 years, was rescued
from the burning apartment is in serious/stable
condition at u.c. hospital.


For any additional information please contact Captain Dan Rottmueller at
352-1685.


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This is Captain Dan Rottmueller of the
Cincinnati Fire Division's Fire Investigation Unit. the date is Monday Feb.
8, 1999, the time is 3:15 PM.


this is a follow up report on an outdoor fire/cross burning which occurred
on 1-23-99 in Dempsey
Park located at Price & Purcell Ave. in the Price Hill neighborhood.


The investigation reveals the cause to be incendiary
(an intentionally set fire). Due to a combined investigation between CFD
Fire Investigation Unit & CPD Dist.3 Investigative Unit, we
were able to arrest & charge two male white juveniles 15 years old. The
first juvenile is charged with four charges:


1)arson to public property a felony of the 4th degree,


2)ethnic intimidation a misdemeanor of the 1st degree,


3) inducing panic a misdemeanor of the 1st degree,


4) criminal trespassing a misdemeanor of the 4th degree.


The second juvenile is charged with complicity to three charges:


1)arson to public property a felony of the 4th degree,


2)ethnic intimidation a misdemeanor of the 1st degree,


3)inducing panic a misdemeanor of the 1st degree.


For any additional information please contact Captain Dan Rottmueller at
352-1685.


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Mike Kroeger