Cincinnati Firefighters Tackle 2-Alarm Fire

Date: 02-03-10

Time: 9:37 a.m.

Incident Location: 2460 Observatory Avenue, Hyde Park

At 9:36 a.m. the Cincinnati Fire Communication Center received a telephone alarm reporting a structure fire at 2460 Observatory Avenue.

1st Alarm responders were Engines 46 & 31; Trucks 31 and 23; RAT 32; District 4 (DC Lakamp); District 1 (DC Kluesner);  Rescue 46 and Squad 14.

Initial arriving fire units discovered heavy fire showing from the first floor of a large two-story with an attic brick single family private dwelling. The occupant had been removed from the building by a CPD officer prior to arrival of the fire department. Firefighters initially conducted an aggressive interior attack on the fire.

A second alarm was transmitted at 9:50 for additional resources. Due to the fire extending into the second floor as well as the attic space, firefighters were ordered out of the building.

2nd Alarm responders were Engines 23 & 32; Truck 18; Rescue 2 and multiple CFD Staff Officers.

The fire was now fought defensively from the exterior. After the main body of the fire was suppressed firefighters were allowed to reenter the building to finish extinguishing the blaze. Primary and secondary searches of the property proved negative. Damage was extensive, and the origin and cause were due to combustibles too close to a heating source.

No injuries were reported. Fifty-two firefighters were utilized at this incident. It was undetermined whether smoke alarms were present and the occupant attempted to extinguish the fire prior to calling 911.