Fire rips through home

Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

CALIFORNIA, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati fire crews battled a 2-alarm house fire that started early Sunday morning.

A short time after 5 a.m., crews were called to the 100 block of Eldorado Avenue for a report of a fire.

One of the residents had to escape the building from the second floor window onto a porch roof. neighbors helped the  occupant to an awaiting ground ladder before the fire fighters arrived.

Crews were on the scene for hours fighting the blaze.

Three of four firefighters were transported to the hospital after they fell through the floor at 12 feet, temporarily trapping the firefighters. Rapid Assessment Team members (RAT) were able to quickly get them out of the building. One of the firefighters was treated at the scene. Officials say the injuries to Lt. Thomas Voellmecke, Apparatus Operator Larry Arnold, and Firefighters Frederick Averill and Anthony Baju were minor.

The residents of the home were not injured.

Fire crews say that the house is a total loss and the Building Department is on the scene with the  demolition  company  to tear down the structure.

The cause us undetermined, bur smoke alarms are credited with alerting the occupants.

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