Thursday, December 14, 2000

Two badly injured in Avondale fire

        A two-alarm fire injured four people, including a Cincinnati firefighter, and displaced those living in a three-family home in Avondale on Wednesday morning.

        Mary Brown, 51, was listed in critical condition at University Hospital Wednesday afternoon, while Louvenia Wells, 19, was in serious condition. Bobbi Edwards, 43, was in stable condition.

        Firefighter George Wilson was treated and released. He had experienced dizziness while fighting the fire, said Cincinnati Fire Lt. Bill Neal.

        Seven people were at home when the fire broke out at about 8 a.m. Three people jumped from a second-floor window, while two others had to be rescued from a third-floor fire escape with an aerial ladder, said Lt. Neal.

        The American Red Cross was working with people who were displaced by the fire.

        The cause of the fire was under investigation. Lt. Neal said it appeared to start on the first floor, toward the rear of the home where a kitchen is located.

        He estimated damage at $100,000 and said the home was not habitable. Firefighters were at the scene for more than 2 1/2 hours.


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