Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Child may have started fire

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati fire investigators say a child playing with matches Tuesday morning might have caused a Price Hill blaze that left the child and six relatives homeless, Fire Capt. Michael Hines said.

        No one was injured. The damage was estimated at $40,000, Capt. Hines said.

[photo] Cincinnati firefighters use thermal imaging to search for hot spots in the front room of the house that caught fire Tuesday morning.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The fire in the brick two-story in the 1100 block of Sunset Avenue began in a first-floor front room near the living room, where the child was playing, he said.

        Two children live in the first floor unit with their parents. The grandparents and an uncle live on the second floor.

        The grandmother was watching the children and called the fire department, Capt. Hines said. The names of the family were not released.

        “We're leaning toward a child with matches,” he said, emphasizing that no final determination has been made. “The adults have to keep (matches and lighters) out of kids' hands. The younger ones are just being curious.”

        The cause of the fire is not suspicious, he added.

        Smoke alarms alerted the residents. A dog also escaped.

        The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.


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