Firefighter rescued from fire at Hamilton building

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A Hamilton firefighter made a "mayday" call and had to be rescued Thursday night while battling a "very large fire" at a building that houses a Chinese restaurant.

Fire crews were called just before 9:15 p.m. to a fire that started in the back part of the Chinese Lantern restaurant in the 900 block of Main Street on the city's west side, Deputy Fire Chief Troy Pugh told WHIO.

A firefighter was pulled out and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries believed to be minor, Pugh said.

The back part of the two-story structure was destroyed. It was unoccupied, but there was a lot of debris inside, Pugh said.

Some adjacent buildings also sustained smoke damage from the blaze.

An attorney for the owner of the Chinese Lantern says the restaurant wasn't damaged.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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