Arson charges filed in West Price Hill fire

Posted at 1:46 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 22:05:09-05

CINCINNATI — A man faces two counts of aggravated arson in connection with a fire that forced multiple families from their homes in a West Price Hill apartment building Monday afternoon.

According to Cincinnati Fire Department officials, the fire began on the 800 block of Nebraska Avenue. Emergency crews arrived at the scene just after noon, dispatchers confirmed.

It took firefighters less than an hour to subdue the flames.

Johnny Hammond, 26, admitted in a taped confession to setting the fire, according to an affidavit filed by the Cincinnati Fire Department. He is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

Investigators at the scene could not immediately comment on the cause of the fire.

No other information was immediately available. Check back with WCPO for updates.