Good Evening, this is District Chief Roy Yocum reporting on a
one alarm fire at 3172 McHenry on Sunday evening. The fire
occurred at 6:00 pm in a four family in Westwood and was
discovered by the first floor tenants when they smelled smoke. The
fire originated in the basement garage and fully engulfed same.
When firefighters arrived there was heavy fire and smoke coming
from the basement and windows. All occupants escaped
unharmed, even two pets. Approximately 16 people were
displaced due to the fire and smoke damage. The fire was fed by
leaking natural gas. Five fire companies mounted a quick and
vigorous attack to bring the fire under control within minutes. No
report of injuries to occupants or firefighters. Loss is estimated at
$60,000.00 Red Cross is assisting occupants. Fire is currently
under investigation and a cause has not yet been determined.

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Good morning, this is Cincinnati Fire District Three Chief Glenn
Coleman reporting on a two alarm fire that occurred this morning at
3339 Epworth Avenue in the Westwood area of Cincinnati at 1:27
am. The building involved was a three story brick, twenty-four unit
apartment building. Arriving firefighters found fire and smoke
coming from the third floor windows of the occupied structure.
Firefighters made a quick attack on the fire and performed a search
of the area for any victims. The fire was quickly brought under
control and all occupants were accounted for. There were two
injuries, Fred Davis who lived in the apartment of origin, was
transported to Veterans Hospital with minor smoke inhalation and a
laceration to the head. Donald Wagenlander, who lives on the
second floor, suffered a head laceration while escaping the fire and
was transported to the hospital by fire division ambulance. The
main body of the fire was confined to one apartment on the third
floor, with smoke damage to three other apartments on the same
floor. Total damage was listed at eighty thousand dollars. Eight
people were displaced and all stayed with friends or relatives. An
extra alarm was called due to the size of the building, number of
occupants and time of night. There were no injuries to firefighters.
Fire cause is undetermined at this time and is being investigated by
the Fire Investigation Unit. Twelve fire companies with 52
firefighters were utilized to extinguish this blaze. Firefighters were
on the scene for three hours. For additional information contact
District Chief Glenn Coleman at 352-2333.


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Good Morning, this is Cincinnati Fire District Three Chief Glenn
Coleman reporting on a carbon monoxide incident that occurred
yesterday at 3415 Anaconda Avenue in the Westwood area of
Cincinnati at 9:20 pm. The building involved is a single family
dwelling owner by Valerie Vondenbenken. She arrived home and
discovered an "odd smell" in her house. Her son was working on
the second floor of this two story home moving furniture. They
both escaped the dwelling and called 911 for fumes. At that time
their carbon monoxide alarm began sounding. Upon arrival,
firefighters entered the structure with meters to measure carbon
monoxide levels and found high levels throughout the house. Her
son, Mark Smith, male, 25 years of age, stated that he was dizzy
and was attended to be Fire Division EMT's and eventually
transported to University Hospital for a complete work-up. The
cause of the carbon monoxide leak was determined to be a
malfunctioning furnace. The furnace was sealed out of service by
the building department and orders were written to have a
technician examine it. Readings in the basement were in excess of
150 parts per million. Building department officials found the
furnace to emitting in excess of 2000 parts per million. Owners
stayed with relatives for the night. Firefighters were on the scene
for one hour. For additional information please contact District
Chief Glenn Coleman at 352-2333.

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Good Morning this is District Two Chief John Zompero, of the
Cincinnati Fire Division, reporting on a three alarm fire that
occurred Tuesday evening March 16, 1999, in the Westwood area
of the city. Fire companies were dispatched at 11:06 pm to 2570
Harrison Avenue for a reported apartment on fire. Additional calls
were received indicating that several elderly people were trapped in
the building. Arriving companies found a working fire on the first
floor of a large four story apartment building that appeared to be
fully occupied. The second and third alarms were requested to
augment an aggressive search and rescue operation. The fire,
which consumed one apartment and was beginning to spread to
other living areas, was brought under control while additional
companies searched each apartment for trapped occupants. In all,
twenty persons were rescued by firefighters and an additional
eighty tenants were evacuated. There were no reported injuries.
The cause of the blaze was unattended food cooking on the stove
in apartment 109. The building suffered an estimated $120,000.00
damage. Sixty three firefighters were on the scene over two hours
while fighting the fire. For additional information contact District
Chief John Zompero at 352-2322.

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Good Evening, this is District Chief Ron Davis of the Cincinnati
Fire Division reporting on a one alarm fire at 4539 Carnation
Avenue on March 17, 1999 at 7:25 pm. The fire occurred in the
living room of a two story dwelling. The fire was confined to the
living room and caused approximately $5000.00 damage to the
building and contents. The cause is being investigated by Car 515
and is being listed as undetermined until he completes his
investigation. First arriving companies made an attack on the blaze
and found an 82 year old female victim unconscious on the floor
overcome with smoke inhalation. Members quickly removed the
victim from the building and administered oxygen and first aid.
Paramedics transported her to University Hospital for further
evaluation. Firefighter Paul Mappes should be commended for his
actions. Paul forced entry to the building and quickly located the
victim. It appears that the victim tried to extinguish the blaze
herself but in doing so was overcome by the toxic smoke. It is only
by the actions of a passerby who saw the smoke and called 911
that the victims prognosis was good at the time of this report. If it
had been a minute or two later there could have been tragic
consequences. For further information contact District Chief Ron
Davis at 352-2322. Thank you and have a nice evening.


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Good Morning, this is District Chief Ron Davis of the Cincinnati
Fire Division reporting on an apartment fire that occurred on
3/12/99 at 1:22 am. This fire occurred in a twenty-four unit building
at 102 Anderson Ferry Road. The fire was confined to the living
room area with smoke damage throughout the apartment. The
cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire Investigator John
Heltman and the cause is still undetermined. There were no
injuries to civilians or firefighters, one cat expired and another cat
was picked up by the Hamilton County SPCA for treatment. The
loss to the building and contents has been set at $10,000.00. For
any further information please contact District Chief Ron Davis at
352-2322. Thank you.


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Good Afternoon, this is District Chief Dallas Kelly reporting a
tragic carbon monoxide incident which occurred today in the
Madisonville neighborhood today at approximately 11:16 am.
Three victims of carbon monoxide poisoning were removed from a
multi-use building at 5227 Chandler Street, occupied by Cox
Cleaners and one rental apartment on the first floor and another
dwelling unit on the second floor. A couple (names withheld
pending notification) occupying the second floor apartment were
most affected. The male resident was deceased while his wife is in
critical condition, presently receiving hyperbaric treatment at
University Hospital. The third victim (name withheld) was the
female occupant of the first floor unit and is also being treated at
University Hospital. General air in the second floor apartment
contained more than 600 parts per million carbon monoxide when
the first arriving fire companies entered. Initially the source is
suspected to be a basement boiler that produced levels of 2000
parts per million during testing. Cincinnati Fire Division Staff,
Cincinnati Police, Cincinnati Health Dept., Cincinnati Building Dept.,
Hamilton County Coroner and Cinergy representatives are all
cooperating in determining the cause of this incident. Contact
District Chief Jones at 352-2344 to clarify any information.

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Mike Kroeger


Michael G. Kroeger, Assistant Fire Chief
Cincinnati Fire Division, Fire Prevention Bureau
430 Central Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2642