CINCINNATI - Smoke could be seen for miles as fire engulfed a house off Central Parkway in University Heights Friday afternoon, 9 On Your Side's Bryce Anslinger reported.
"I could see the smoke from Northside en route," Cincinnati Fire Chief Paul Weber told Anslinger. "We had heavy fire venting 50 feet in the air from the second and third floors upon arrival."
The blaze started just before 5 p.m. in a three-story vacant house at 2700 Central Parkway. It was on a wooded hillside off the road, making it tough on firefighters, Anslinger reported.
"We immediately went into defensive mode using master streams to knock it down," Weber said. "Shortly thereafter the roof actually started collapsing in and outside the building, so we pulled everybody back out of the collapse zone to make sure that, if it did collapse, nobody got hurt."
Firefighters had the blaze under control by 6 p.m., but they were still on the scene mopping up.
Rush-hour traffic was shut down on Central Parkway between Hopple Street and Marshall Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
Because the intense fire left the house structurally unsound, investigators will have to search for a cause from outside, Anslinger reported.