19 displaced by vacant building fire in West End

CINCINNATI -- Nearly 20 people were displaced Sunday night by a fire that ignited inside a vacant building in the West End.

Fire crews were called to the 1000 block of York Street just before 9:15 p.m. for a report of a fire in the unoccupied three-story building.

Firefighters used an aggressive exterior attack because they feared the building was going to collapse, according to officials at the scene. Part of the roof eventually collapsed into the third floor of the building.

Due to fears that the building collapse would damage the structural integrity of a neighboring building, 19 people, including 10 children were temporarily displaced. They will not be allowed to return home until the vacant building has been demolished.

The American Red Cross will aid the people displaced by the fire until the building is torn down. Officials from the Cincinnati Fire Department said that could be as early as Monday but weren't sure.

Investigators say the fire started in the attic but they're still working to determine the cause of the fire.
 

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