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Fire at Hartwell Gold Star destroyed building, collapsed roof

Gold Star fire
Posted at 10:11 PM, Oct 09, 2021

CINCINNATI — A fire broke out at the Gold Star location in Hartwell on Galbraith Road on Saturday evening, causing the roof of the restaurant to collapse.

The blaze required 16 different fire companies to get it under control, according to Cincinnati Fire Department officials.

The restaurant is a total loss. CFD estimated that around $300,000 worth of damage was done to the building.

"We’re probably going to take this building down," said Michael A. Washington Sr., chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department. "There’s still some active fire under the roof structure. We’re not sending any of our people in, so heavy equipment will do most of the work throughout the rest of the evening."

The fire engulfed the roof and weakened the structure, which prevented firefighters from attacking the fire from within the building, according to a press release from CFD.

Everyone evacuated the building safely and no one was injured.

Washington said the first fire company arrived on scene at around 7:18 p.m., three minutes after the first 911 call was made.