WESTWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Officials now say the two alarm fire that had people trapped early Sunday morning has been ruled arson and a reward for information has been set.
Firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Boudinot Avenue on Sunday a few minutes before 3 a.m. Two people were trapped in the upper level of a 2-story apartment building. Others were trapped on the first floor and were attempting to get out through windows.
Firefighters made a forceful attack on the building to get the victims out. Two people were rescued by ladder and another person jumped from the first floor. No serious injuries were reported.
This is the second fire in less than a week that firefighters are calling suspicious. Arson investigators continue to look into a fire at a Cheviot apartment building on Camvic Terrace. The two properties are about 200 yards apart.
"First our building and now a neighbor building. Yeah, I'm really scared actually. I haven't slept in two days," said Camvic Terrace resident Terry Tyler. "I just hope the person who does it just stops. Just stop. You don't even have to turn yourself in. Just stop before someone gets hurt."
"It takes a long time to get to sleep. And then when you are asleep your jerkin' and waking up. Like wondering like, any little noise will wake you up," said Teresa Greenwald, also a Camvic Terrace resident
Despite their close proximity, the two fires have not been connected as of yet. Cincinnati Fire is handling the blaze on Boudinot while Cheviot is taking care of the one on Camvic Terrace.
A $5,000 reward has been set for any information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the fire. If you have any information, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at513-352-3040.