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Two hospitalized but stable after Mt. Airy apartment fire

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Posted at 11:01 PM, Jul 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 10:34:11-04

CINCINNATI — Two people were transported to an area hospital Tuesday evening to be treated for smoke inhalation due to exposure to a Mount Airy fire.

Both people were in stable condition Tuesday night, a tweet from Cincinnati Fire and Emergency Services indicated. Smoke filled two apartments on the third floor, and the fire appeared to start in the kitchen of one of those units.

The Cincinnati Fire Department responded just after 10 p.m. to the scene on the 2900 block of High Forest Lane. A second alarm was called because a number of people needed to be rescued from the building, the department said in a tweet.

The fire was under control less than 10 minutes later.

The occupants of the apartment where the fire started — a woman and two children — got out, but their dog did not survive.

Resident Renee Schibik, who has cerebral palsy, said her neighbors alerted her to the fire and helped her get out of the building.

"This is a good building we live in and they're good neighbors, very helpful." she said. "Everybody got out. You know, it's all material so it can be replaced."

Fire crews rescued two people from the third floor with their ladder truck.

Three families were displaced by the fire but are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Tuesday night.