CINCINNATI - Three people, including two firefighters, were transported to local hospitals due to injuries sustained during a fire at a downtown office building Thursday afternoon.
The injuries occurred after a small electrical fire ignited at 302 West Third Street just after 4 p.m., according to fire investigators.
9 On Your Side reporter Anthony Mirones reported that one person was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. The victim's name and the nature of their injuries have not been released.
Mirones also said that two firefighters were transported to area medical facilities to be treated for injuries related to smoke inhalation. He reported that the first responders were not wearing masks when the first arrived at the scene.
No additional injuries were reported but multiple people were stuck in an elevator for a period as a result of the fire.
Monique Lane said she saw the lights flicker before going out, and then noticed smoke outside.
"You worried it could be something else and you just never know things you used to blow off a little bit easier," Lane said. "You see all the police, I see the stretcher there, you just kind of think about it a little bit more."
Police shut down Third Street from Elm Street to Central Avenue for multiple hours due to a pair of
A portion of Fifth Street in the same area has was also shut down after smoke was seen coming up through sewer drains.
Multiple office buildings were evacuated. It's unclear how many people were affected by the evacuations.
The initial investigation indicates that one or two transformers blew up in the basement of the property.
Firefighters waited for Duke Energy to turn off all electricity before they entered the building.
Repair crews are working to replace an entire underground circuit between Third and Fifth streets that were damaged when the transformers caught fire.
It's unclear when the repairs will be made and if businesses will be able to open on time Friday morning.
An estimate on property damage has not been released.
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