Sunday, January 19, 2003

House fire in Fort Thomas blamed on untended candle

The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT THOMAS - An unattended candle is believed to have caused a fire early Saturday that caused $45,000 in damage to a two-story, three-family home in the 900 block of North Fort Thomas Avenue, fire officials say.

Fort Thomas Fire Lt. Jeff Parker said flames broke out shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday in a second-floor bedroom.

Smoke detectors alerted owner Tom Colebrook, who lives on the first floor. He rushed upstairs and tried to put out the flames, but they were too much for him, Lt. Parker said. He and the other residents escaped.

Fire damage was limited to the second-floor bedroom, but there was water and smoke damage to both floors.

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