Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Early-morning fire destroys apartments

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An early morning fire Wednesday finished off an already-damaged and abandoned apartment building near Findlay Market in downtown Cincinnati.

        Two-thirds of the approximately 150 Cincinnati firefighters on duty throughout the city were called to the 5 a.m. five-alarm blaze on Vine Street. That meant dispatchers had to move remaining firefighters around the city to cover for those working in Over-the-Rhine, said District Chief Jerry Lautz.

        By sunrise, the roof had collapsed and firefighters had the flames knocked down. But some were expected to stay on the scene for several more hours, Chief Robert Wright said.

        “This is a building with a history,” he said, referring to another significant fire there about two years ago.

        The structural damage left from that previous fire made it unsafe for firefighters to battle this blaze from inside, Chief Lautz said. Some had gone inside initially, he said, but were ordered out for their protection.

        No firefighters or other people were injured.

        Investigators had not yet determined a case. The building is for sale.


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