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CFD: Large fire at East Price Hill apartments displaces nearly 50 tenants

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East Price Hill apartment fire
Posted at 9:58 AM, Feb 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-22 23:28:16-05

CINCINNATI — Nearly 80 firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at an apartment building on the 2900 block of Warsaw Ave, Cincinnati fire officials said Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Red Cross, approximately 44 residents were displaced by the fire, with 24 being children. The Red Cross is working to get six or seven families displaced by the fire lodged in hotel rooms.

"There's a lot of wood lath," said Roy Winston, Cincinnati Fire Chief. "There's a lot of dry wall that's been built up through the years in that attic space, so it took firefighters more time to get up into the attic due to all that build up over the years."

No injuries have been reported, and a child playing with a lighter may be what caused the fire, according to Winston.

"We're fortunate there were no injuries, whether it be to civilians or to the firefighters," said Winston. "The items can be replaced, I'm sure."

The fire caused around $75,000 worth of damage to the apartment complex, according to officials.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.