CINCINNATI - Prominent attorney Ray Drew died after the 95-year-old tried to put out a blaze at his Hyde Park home Friday afternoon.
Firefighters found Drew unconscious on the floor in the second-floor bedroom at 1110 E. Rockwood Drive.
Drew no longer practices law, according to Tony Covatta, his former partner, but he did participate with his firm.
"One of the kindliest, nicest guys you'd ever want to meet, but also a very tough guy. I heard that he went upstairs to fight this fire," Covatta said after arriving at the house to check on Drew and his wife.
Drew's wife escaped without injury.
"Ray is a lovely guy. He's been practicing law for 65 years. He only recently let go his license. He hasn't practiced for the last several years. He came into the office a couple days a week. He was an inspiration to everybody," Covatta said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, District Chief Greg Potter said.
The fire was contained to the back bedroom. There was water damage to other parts of the house.
Damage was estimated at $100,000.