HAMILTON, Ohio — A German shepherd is being credited with helping eight people escape from a burning three-story apartment building in Butler County.
Six adults, two children and two dogs were inside inside the multifamily residence in the 800 block of High Street when the fire ignited just before 8 a.m. Thursday.
“When crews arrived on scene (about 8:15 a.m.), people were already starting to evacuate and there was smoke coming from third floor,” Hamilton Fire Deputy Chief Ken Runyan told the Journal-News.
Runyan says the actions of one of the dogs helped the people get out safely.
"The dog woke them up," he said. "(The people in the house) went to the door and opened the door, and the hallway was full of smoke. When they went to exit the building, at that time, the dog went back into the apartment.
"(The residents) knew not to go back in and get it, so we did a sweep of the building, we found the German shepherd and we brought him out. He's ok."
King’s Cash 'N' A Flash, a pawn shop, is located on the first floor of the building and apartments are on the second and third floors. Runyan said he believed there are six residential units in the building.
“Crews went in to perform an interior attack and we found a person on the back roof. We threw a ladder to the roof and got him down,” he said. “While performing a search on the second and third floors crews found heavy smoke coming from first floor.”
The blaze was extinguished in about 10 minutes. No injuries were reported and no one was sent to the hospital.
Though eight people were evacuated from the building, more people live in the residence and were not present at the time of the fire. Red Cross has been notified to help tenants as fire crews cut utility lines to the building.
A preliminary investigation for a cause for the fire has been conducted but the fire remains under investigation. Firefighters reported fire damage on the first floor.
No damage estimate at this time.