Mayday: Firefighter rescued after falling through floor

Firefighter falls through floor

WEST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati firefighter is “OK” after a several scary minutes at a West Price Hill house fire early Wednesday.

Crews were inside the residence in the 2900 block of Glenway Avenue when the firefighter fell through a rotted-out portion of the first floor shortly after 6:30 a.m., said Assistant Chief Tom Lakamp.

Another firefighter yelled “Mayday!” several times, and that sent additional firefighters and medics scrambling to the scene.

Firefighters use the ‘mayday’ call when they become disoriented, lost, hurt, out of or low on air, trapped or whenever they have an emergency or need assistance or rescue.

“Very tense moment, but things went well. The training went into place. The mayday call went out and the members that were on scene went to work and were able to make very quick rescue of the firefighter," Matt Alter, president of Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48, said.

The firefighter didn’t want to go to the hospital, Lakamp said. He wanted to return to work.

The only occupants at the time of the fire were two dogs.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A damage estimate was not available, but the house is set to be demolished.

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Posted by Cincinnati Fire Fighters Union Local 48 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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