CINCINNATI – Fire crews battled a large house fire on Stanton Avenue near William Howard Taft Road.
The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at a two-family home in the 2600 block of Stanton Avenue.
Officials said the initial crews at the scene quickly called in five more companies after the arrived. At least 65 firefighters were called to the scene.
Firefighters said the flames scorched two buildings and a third was threatened.
View from back of building, still have a good amount of fire, crews making good progress pic.twitter.com/4rnHEYuKtO— Cincy Fire & EMS (@CincyFireEMS) August 5, 2014
Residents were asked to avoid the area while crews battled the fire.
Paramedics said one man who was living at the home was treated for smoke inhalation.
WCPO’s Anthony Mirones spokes with resident Coleman Henderson. He said he pounded on the door at the home that caught fire but didn’t find anyone. Henderson was treated at the scene by emergency personnel.
Henderson teaches at Hughes High School. He said he went into the home to make sure no one was in danger.
"We appreciate him going in because at the time we thought somebody might live on that first floor; once he identified that it was vacant … he came on out. He took a risk in doing that but we appreciate him verifying before our arrival,” Assistant Chief of Operations Roy Winton said.
One firefighter was overcome with heat exhaustion and was treated at the scene, as well.
Fire officials said crews brought the fire under control by about 11:15 a.m. Firefighters were still at the scene monitoring the fire and putting out hot spots.
Crews said the fire caused significant home to the first house and minor damage to another home.
No other details were released.