Saturday, January 12, 2002

Helicopter crew spots fire

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MORGAN TWP. — While on routine patrol Friday afternoon, a Butler County sheriff's helicopter crew spotted a house fire.

        No one was in the home in the 2300 block of Bell Road at the time and there were no injuries, Assistant Fire Chief Rob Brehm said.

        “I've never known a fire to be reported first by a sheriff's helicopter,” he said. “It's pretty unusual.”

        About 12:30 p.m., the sheriff's helicopter crew noticed smoke billowing from the rear of the home. The crew alerted the sheriff's dispatch center, which then contacted the Morgan Township Fire Department.

        The sheriff's deputies also aided fire crews by using the helicopter's onboard infared system to direct firefighters to “hot spots” inside the structure.

        Mr. Brehm said that as of Friday evening, fire investigators had yet to determine a cause of the blaze or set a dollar loss.


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