"Brown-outs" to blame for poor response time

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – A late Friday night fire in Northside has Cincinnati firefighters questioning city council endorsed "brown-outs" due to potential delay in response time.

"We've had some close calls but I think last night was the one that came a little too close," says Marc Monahan, President of the Cincinnati Firefighters Union.

Around 11 p.m. Friday, a fire broke out at a home on Fergus St. in Northside, firefighters say two people were home at the time and were rescued by the responding companies. But Monahan says two of the companies that were on the first alarm to respond, Ladder 19 from Coryville and Squad 9 from Bond Hill, were closed down yesterday due to "brown-outs".

"Anytime you don't have your first arriving company showing up and there's a delay, it can be detrimental. This is what we've preached to the city for the last year, year and a half and this is just the tip of the iceberg," says Monahan.

People in the Northside neighborhood are concerned as well. Angela Edwards lives across from the burned home on Fergus St. and says her street looked like a nightmare when the fire broke out.

"I was so scared when I first pulled onto the street there was so much going on I couldn't tell what was on fire, whose house was on fire, it could have been my house," says Edwards. "It's a shame that if that they cut fire and lives have been lost or would be lost because they would have to come across town when you have a fire department around the corner from your house."

The two people rescued from the fire, a 41-year-old male and his 3-year-old granddaughter, are being treated for smoke inhalation and severe burns at University Hospital and Children's Hospital.

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