Saturday, March 10, 2001

Newport fire ravages Fourth Street dwelling

Flames seen from Cincinnati

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — A fire in the Mansion Hill neighborhood Friday night left a 10-apartment house heavily damaged and its residents looking for new places to live.

[photo] Newport firefighters fight a fire Friday in a 10-apartment house at 543 E. Fourth St.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Firefighters were called back to the scene about 10 p.m. when fire broke out again.

        Officials said the second fire is suspicious and was not necessarily a reignition of the first fire. They remained on the scene well past 11 p.m. to fight the second fire.

        The fire on East Fourth Street tore through the back of the three-story building, with shooting flames visible from downtown Cincinnati. That's how one resident learned her home was on fire.

        Cindy Calvert was on her way home from working in Mount Adams when she saw the flames and smoke coming from her neighborhood.

[photo] Residents Cindy Calvert and Robert Carson (rear) watch as their building burns.
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        “I just had a feeling,” she said. “And I was right.”

        She stood outside Friday night, holding a box of tissues and worrying about her two young cats. Firefighters could not find them in her second-floor apartment.

        Robert Carson ran from his third-floor apartment wearing only his pants and shoes. He and his brother and son smelled smoke, but assumed somebody was cooking.

        “But then the smoke detectors were going off more and more and more,” he said, standing outside keeping warm with a sheet, afghan and firefighter's jacket around him.



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