Fire starts in Oakley building during shooting death investigation

CINCINNATI - A homicide investigation in Oakley turned into a fire scene early Sunday morning.

Just after 1 a.m. Cincinnati police officers were called to the 3300 block of Alamo in Oakley for a report of a shooting. Police told 9 On Your Side 24-year-old Dante L. Cross was found shot in the hallway on the second floor of the apartment building at that address.

Cross was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide investigator Greg Gehring tells 9 On Your Side Dante Cross did not live at the apartment complex but his ex-girlfriend did. According to Gehring, Cross got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend and another male friend and shots were fired. The shooting appeared to be self defense and no charges have been filed according to Gehring. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review.

While police were investigating the death, smoke started filling the apartment building. Officers started running up and down the stairs alerting residents of a fire in a basement.

"We walk out and there's smoke pouring down the hall. Luckily police were here on the scene and they were able to get us out safely," said one resident who did not want to give her name.

District Fire Chief Dave Greve told 9 On Your Side the resident in the basement apartment suffered first-degree burns to his hands. An ambulance transported him to a local hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

Greve said having the police already on site made a difference.

"That helps out a lot that we had the early recognition and that we can get here in time," Greve said. "Plus, the smoke detectors were going off and that helped evacuate residents too. But obviously the faster we get here, the better things are. With police on the scene, we got here quickly."

Police and fire units on scene told 9 On Your Side the two incidents were not connected.

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